A report into the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), was leaked on Monday and alleges widespread corruption and sexual misconduct.
The confidential internal ethics report claimed mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), even as the organization faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts. The allegations are now being scrutinized by UN investigators.
AFP has obtained a copy of the report, which describes “credible and corroborated” allegations of serious ethical abuses, including involving UNRWA’s top official, Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl.
It says the allegations include senior management engaging in “sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives.”
The report paints a picture of a small number of mostly foreign senior leaders centralizing power and influence while disregarding UN checks and balances.
The report was sent to the United Nations secretary general in December, and UN investigators have since visited UNRWA’s offices in Jerusalem and Amman, collecting information related to the allegations, sources familiar with the matter said. (Source: Times of Israel)
Rather than help Palestinians, UNRWA perpetuates the problem of Palestinian “refugees”.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is the largest and only long-term UN body that was established for a single group of refugees. It is also the only refugee agency that changes the definition of refugees to mean something else entirely.
Palestinian refugees are the only refugee group on earth that can inherit their status. Unlike all other refugees, when a Palestinian becomes a citizen of another country, even if they are a multi-millionaire celebrity or an elected member of that nation’s government, UNRWA still classes them as a “Palestinian refugee”.
No other refugee is classed this way. All other refugees stop being refugees once they either return to their own home or become a citizen of another country.
On top of this, the Arab nations where Palestinian refugees live, such as Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, do not allow Palestinians to become citizens of their country, even if they are born there. They allow other people from other countries to become citizens, but not Palestinians. They do this to perpetuate the refugee “crisis” so they can use them as a weapon against Israel. UNRWA has never fought to fix this. If UNRWA truly cared about Palestinian refugees it would fight for the rights of Palestinians to become citizens of other countries, just like other refugees under the UNHCR (which deals with all other non-Palestinian refugees).
In regards to the education that is provided by UNRWA, which makes up half of their annual budget, a recent study analysed more than 150 textbooks being used in all UNRWA schools with researchers finding that Palestinian children were being taught three fundamentals: delegitimization, demonization and indoctrination to violent struggle instead of peace.
One example is a textbook for 12 to 13-year-olds which teaches explicitly about martyrdom. The poem, entitled “The Martyr” reads:
“Hearing [weapons’] clash is pleasant to my ear and the flow of blood gladdens my soul as well as a body thrown upon the ground skirmished over by the desert predators… by your life! This is the death of men and whoever asks for a noble death – here it is!”
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
The researchers concluded that “UNRWA, in fact, not only does propagate a non-peaceful line contrary to UN resolutions on the Middle East, and not only does allow the presentation of Israel and its Jewish citizens as illegitimate with heavy layers of demonization. UNRWA also betrays its moral obligation toward the Palestinian children and youths’ human rights and well-being, by letting the PA prepare them for a future war with Israel.”
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Associations says the books describes Jews as “people who hated the prophet [Mohammed], killed Jesus, didn’t follow Moses law – the worst human beings that you can possibly imagine… That is the kind of mentality that breeds the kind of hatred that leads to the terrorist actions that takes a terrible toll among all citizens of Israel from terrorism.”
UNRWA is helping to fuel the conflict, teaching its students about jihad, lying to them about the false “right of return” and other teachings that perpetuate the conflict. It is surprising that any nation that professes to support a two-state solution would support the organisation in its current form.
Despite this, the UK is one of the top funders of the organisation, giving tens-of-millions of pounds to UNRWA every year from taxpayers money.