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Jerusalem, Israel – A shocking report from a watchdog organization on Thursday revealed that a UN agency tasked, among other things, with educating Palestinian students in places like Lebanon, the West Bank and Jordan, employs teachers who promote terrorism and the murder of Jews.
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UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO, revealed in its 49-page report that United Nations (UNRWA) computer teacher Nihaya Awad is computer teacher Nihaya Awad, who works in the West Bank.† supported Hamas missile strikes on Israeli civilians after last year’s war. The US and the European Union classified Hamas – the Sunni jihadist organization that controls the Gaza Strip – as a terrorist entity.
In an internet message, Awad wrote: “Hail to the people of Gaza, blessed victory.” A second message Awad wrote said: “In the name of Allah, one victory after another, Palestine will be completely liberated.”
Awad “encouraged the exploitation of child soldiers by Palestinian terrorists, in a May 21, 2021 post on Facebook,” UN Watch reported.
Awad posted the submissions two months after a UNRWA executive, Gwyn Lewis, praised Awad in a certificate of appreciation for her “superb efforts” as a “top achiever” in UNRWA education, according to the report.
“We are proud to have you on the UNRWA team,” Lewis wrote on March 23, 2021.
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Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, said: “UNRWA should therefore be considered complicit in the misconduct of its employees. All over the world, educators who incite hatred and violence are being removed. Yet, despite the proclamation of ‘ zero tolerance for incitement, systematically uses preachers of anti-Jewish hatred and terrorism.”
UN Watch documented 20 new examples in the report of UNRWA teachers and staff advocating terrorism and anti-Semitism in its school curricula.
An example from Lebanon, where the US-designated terrorist movement Hezbollah has great control over the state, UNRWA Lebanon teacher Elham Mansour showed on Facebook on May 11, 2022: “By Allah, anyone who can kill and slaughter every Zionist and Israeli criminal , and does not, does not deserve to live. Kill them and chase them everywhere, they are the greatest enemy … All that Israel deserves is death.”
Neuer said: “We are calling on the governments that fund UNRWA, as they gather at the United Nations to announce new commitments, to declare that they will stop enabling a system that teaches new generations of Palestinians to kill Jews.” hate and kill.”
“The US, EU, Germany, UK, Canada and other donor countries cannot morally send more money to UNRWA until it demonstrates a genuine commitment to the basic standards of education in its schools,” he continued. “This means that the agency must publicly condemn UNRWA employees who incite terrorism and anti-Semitism, remove them from office and conduct an independent and impartial investigation of all of its employees.”
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The US and other predominantly Western states that fund UNRWA met with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations on Thursday. They are expected to pledge additional money to fund UNRWA.
In response to a Fox News Digital request for comment, William Deere, the acting director of UNRWA’s Washington DC office, noted that the report came out on the same day as the UN meeting on the agency.
Deere noted in its email statement that “A well-known politically motivated organization is once again attempting to undermine the agency’s vital humanitarian and human development work. UNRWA is an agency fully committed to upholding UN principles and values and a zero tolerance incitement to hatred and incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.”
He continued, “As we have stated many times before, UNRWA takes all such allegations seriously and is reviewing the newly made allegations and noting that they had not been shared with UNRWA before being made public.”
Deere promised action if misconduct is found: “The Agency’s legal framework provides for a process to investigate and address potential instances of hate speech, incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, consistent with the values and principles of the UN. Should misconduct be found, UNRWA will take disciplinary action and the Agency’s Advisory Committee of Hosts and Donors will be notified of the results.”
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David Bedein, director of the Center for Near East Policy Research and an expert on UNRWA’s curriculum, told Fox News Digital that the Biden administration has made a positive move.
“The US government has issued an order to place all UNRWA funds in escrow because UNRWA will not change its curriculum. The US has not succumbed,” he said.
Bedein said the “UN Watch release on inciting UNRWA teachers to kill Jews is factual, accurate and informative. The current UNRWA curriculum is preparing its students for an all-out war against the Jews,” he claimed.
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A State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital in a statement that “violent, anti-Semitic and other hate speech has no place in UNRWA classrooms. Both the United States and UNRWA have all forms of racism and incitement to violence.” unequivocally condemned.” and anti-Semitism.”
The spokesperson continued: “The United States takes these allegations very seriously. We will not tolerate intolerance and will continue to promote adherence to humanitarian principles, including neutrality.”
The spokesman emphatically called on UNRWA to act on the allegations. “We expect UNRWA to review, investigate and, if necessary, take disciplinary or other corrective action in accordance with UN policies, up to and including termination of employment or contracts, and hold anyone guilty of such conduct responsible.” holds. “