Photo Credit: The charges of “war crimes” and “violations of international law” are leveled by UNRWA without basis in fact.

UNRWA distortions of fact and outrageous statements


According to Sami Meshesha, a spokesperson for UNRWA:

“[the] majority of dead and injured are women and children, which is of profound concern to UNRWA”

Were this the case, it would suggest random attacks by the IDF on innocent civilians. But in point of fact, this statement is fallacious.

The ratio of those killed in the Gaza operation is 81.9 male to 18.1 female. What is more, among males killed, almost half were men between the ages of 18 and 28, with men between the ages of 29 and 48 comprising another 20%.

What this indicates is that we are not looking at a pattern of indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians, but rather a high percentage of those likely to be combatants killed.

The number of children counted among the dead was 18%, even though a full half of the population of Gaza is under 14 years of age.

These figures, put out by Al-Jazeera, indicate a pattern that is not random. After the final ceasefire was established, Chris Gunness gave an interview to Linda Tamim, which can be seen here:

It is in the course of the very first minute of this interview that he makes statements that reflect a breathtaking failure to acknowledge the Hamas role in the conflict, and that do a severe injustice to the IDF.

He says:

“…the defenseless people (of Gaza) have been subjected to a dehumanizing bombardment. They were ordered out of their homes by the Israeli army, they had to walk through battlegrounds, found themselves in UN compounds, some of them were hit in those compounds by the same army…

“[This was] an industrial scale denial of their human dignity.”

Where is Hamas in this description? One might think that the Israeli army came into Gaza for the specific purpose of making the lives of the civilians miserable.

The most egregiously offensive statement made by Gunness is that “they were ordered out of their homes by the Israeli army.” As if this was one part of a package of strong arm techniques designed to cause misery.

This would not have been necessary had Hamas not chosen to store and launch weapons near those homes. In asking people to leave, the IDF was demonstrating a concern for human life, a concern that Hamas exhibited not at all.

As to civilians being hit in the compounds “by that same army,” he is leveling a blanket charge that is neither fair nor reasonable. Some Hamas rockets fell short of their targets and landed inside Gaza. Some Hamas mortar shells hit Gazan civilians. On July 16, UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness tweeted the following:

“Great interviewee @ Shifa Hosp Gaza right now Prof Mads Gilbert … call him 4 fatality & cas figs and atoms.”

Ron Prosor, Israeli Ambassador to the UN, then drafted a letter to UNRWA’s Commissioner-General protesting that what Gunness did was highly inappropriate because Gilbert was:

“…an outspoken proponent of terrorist attacks against civilians. In September 2001, Dr. Gilbert explicitly supported the ‘moral right’ of Al-Qaeda to perpetrate the 9/11 terrorist attacks against thousands of American civilians.”

UNRWA political involvement The very thrust of UNRWA’s involvement in Gaza has become politicized. But here we have one very specific political statement, made by Chris Gunness, UNRWA spokesperson:

“Huge swathes of Gaza have been leveled. We cannot rebuild it with our hands tied behind our back.


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David Bedein is Bureau Chief of Israel Resource News Agency, presenting news items and analyses not often seen in your standard mainstream electronic or print media, even if you live in the Middle East. He is the Author of "Genesis of the Palestinian Authority", published in March 2017 and "Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered", published in May, 2014.


  1. Everyone of us needs to rise up, sounding the alarm, warning the nations to awake out of their sleep and slumber, against a people so brutal, so bloodthirsty, wanting to rule the world with their sharia law. Brutally murdering any who doesn’t submit to their law. Do you think this is a game? Do you think these people aren’t serious? Do you think it won’t happen to you and your country? Wake up and rise up and stop these people. Reject their way of life, for only you can. Shalom everyone.

  2. Israel begs to be destroyed…because it violates the TORAH which does NOT allow Israel to make treaties with its enemies….check it out!
    what did the TORAH mean….didn't the forefathers make peace with the enemies and write on huge stones that they made peace…YES but those were not treaties….the peace they made was YOU stay on your side of the stones on your side of the border and we will stay on our side….that made peace…but a peace TREATY is where you have 100 page document (or more pages) that gives up all kinds of crazy things like land and land and more land and rights to this and rights to that to the ARABS!!! and in return the arabs will now and then say they want peace with Israel (no penalties for arabs lying and making war) the land give away of GAZA should have (not been done) said IF arabs attack Israel Gaza will be taken BACK and they have to move to SINAI or to Jordan etc…no penalties only free gifts given to arabs in PEACE TREATIES (those peace treaties should be more correctly called suicide treaties (suicide of Israel and its Jews)

  3. Israel should have used the gaza war to declare that arabs (ALL ARABS don't single out 10 arabs for being bad…ALL ARABS are involved!)
    never had and legal or moral rights to any Israel land but Israel foolishly wanted to make permanant peace with the arabs bit the arabs have once again shown that they will NEVER make peace and ONLY want to destroy Israel PIECE BY PIECE (the only peace treaty arabs will make is PIECE TREATY(to kill and destroy Israel and Jews PIECE BY PIECE)
    so that ISRAEL DECLARES IRREVOBABLY to the world that all the land in Israel is now and always officialy Israel and JEWISH forever…NO MORE TALKS of peace for land…and no more talks of Palestinian country carved out of JEWISH ISRAEL…that is OVER!
    so stall the peace talks…refuse to talk peace while even on rock is thrown in Israel….and wait for new president….help to get the right guy elected…and then make your declaration of ISRAEL NOW AND FOREVER NO PALESTINIAN STATE>>>>LET THEM MOVE INTO JORDAN///or be dispersed amongst the 22 arab countries or move into the 65 mile Sinai country offered them for free by Egypt

  4. at the same time secretly (so don't show your new weapons in weapons shows each year to be sold to arabs….and Europe….they all will give as gifts your weapons and technology to your enemies to use against you….get some brains….keep your best weapons and antiweapon technology secret and use only in wars and let the enemy say how the heck to they do that….don't advertise or display or sell your secrets to anyone else! its as dumb as having hamas shoot up a seminary and none of the 75 girls die…..hamas says what the heck…..and you go on the news that night and say that after davening at 8am each day all the girls put on bullet proof vest which saved them from being killed today….
    next day all 75 girls are shot dead at 7 am while davening…..who told you to shoot off your mouth…let the enemy wonder in amazement and not know your methods nor your technology!

  5. so Israel should work hard right now and always to come up with super weapons even the USA and EUROPE do not have…and keep them secret…don't discuss….use them quietly when needed but punish any reporter or soldier who mentions or discusses what you are using…no pictures no stories allowed

  6. and shut down newspapers and magazines for months who reveal secrets that are best kept quiet….why should enemy know during or even at end or war or ever OH THIS IS HOW YOU DEFEATED US oh this is how you find our tunnels or this is your new weapon….keep it a mystery

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