Under former US President Obama, ex-UNRWA official Maher Bitar served as his National Security Council director for Israeli, Palestinian affairs, then during Trump’s tenure he was deeply involved in Trump’s first impeachment as Rep. Adam Schiff’s top legal representative.
By Netta Bar and ILH Staff
US President Joe Biden has appointed Palestinian American Maher Bitar to the role of senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, according to a report in the political journalism site Politico.
Maher served in the National Security Council under former US President Barack Obama, as director for Israeli and Palestinian affairs. Continue Reading »
PLO plans to hold Biden to his campaign promise to reopen PLO office in Washington DC, used to plan & organize BDS and ‘Apartheid Week’ events on American university campuses, following the office’s closure in 2018 after refusing Trump’s demand to end ‘Pay-to-Slay’.
Senor Palestinian Liberation Organization official Dr. Nabil Shaath said that if Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins instead of US President Donald Trump in American elections November 3, the organization would request the reopening of its office in Washington, D.C., according to The Times of Israel Monday.
Nabil Shaath expresses his feeling for Australia.- Screenshot: PMW, YouTube
“We will immediately call for the reopening of the office, although it may take some time to implement it,” he said. Continue Reading »
UK MPs demand Palestinian and UNRWA schools immediately stop using textbooks that incite hatred against Jews and Israel, lamenting that, “directly or indirectly, UK aid has helped to finance [it].”
By LAHAV HARKOV
Palestinian Authority and UNRWA schools continue to use textbooks that radicalize children against Israel, parliamentarians in the UK, a major donor to the PA, lamented on Tuesday.
Official logos to six different UNRWA financed schools that include the UN logos along with map of Israel replaced by Palestine demonstrates their ultimate goal. – Photos: ElderOfZiyon.blogspot.
MP Jonathan Gullis, who initiated the debate with Minister of State James Cleverly, displayed a reading comprehension textbook for 10-year-olds, which praised Dalal al-Mughrabi, who killed 38 Israelis, including 13 children, on a bus in 1978. Continue Reading »
Jerusalem Mayor gets plan approved for constructing educational campus serving the capital’s Arab neighborhoods providing a superior education and free of UNRWA’s anti-Semitic and martyrdom indoctrination.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The Jerusalem Municipal Council approved Tuesday night a plan to construct an educational campus for Education Ministry schools near the city’s Arab Shuafat and Anata neighborhoods.
These schools will be an alternative to the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) schools which currently dominate the area.
UNRWA (Palestinian) student – Screenshot: The Center for Near East Policy Research
The project will cost 7.1 million NIS ($2,055,617), and will be located in an area outside the pre-1967 borders but within Jerusalem’s municipal borders. Continue Reading »
Video Report: Refusing to allow Israeli intervention, the ‘Shuafat’ refugee camp in Jerusalem has become an inhumane quagmire, left to worsen by UNRWA; rampant crime, ruthless gangs, terror, drugs, PA & UN corruption and rat infested filth has become the norm for the people there.
By Avi Abelow
The blatant anti-Israel agenda of the United Nations is clear to see in this film expose by the Center for Near East Policy Research. They released this film titled ‘UNRWA in Jerusalem: Anatomy of Chaos’ on Israel’s Channel 20 news network, exposing the toxic United Nations agency of UNRWA, showing their involvement in the ‘Shuafat’ refugee camp in Jerusalem and the human tragedy: crime, terror, drugs, corruption and filth that are some of the scourges of daily life for the people there. Continue Reading »
UN Palestinian agency head quits, a deputy left over “personal reasons,” another senior official accused of bullying staff and acting like a “gangster” and a “thug” left, as senior management is charged for engaging in “sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain.”
The report paints a picture of a small number of mostly foreign senior leaders centralizing power and influence while disregarding UN checks and balances.
Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of the UNRWA himself is alleged to have been romantically involved with a colleague who was appointed in 2015 to a newly created role of senior advisor to the commissioner-general after an “extreme fast-track” process, the report says. Continue Reading »
Amid scandalous accusations of top UNRWA officials with “sexual misconduct and abuses of authority for personal gain,” now, according to a UN Watch report, staff members & teachers have shared antisemitic posts on social media for years without fear of repercussion.
By ROSSELLA TERCATIN
UNRWA staff members, including teachers regularly share antisemitic and pro-terrorism content on social media and face no consequences, according to NGO UN Watch.
Incitement to violence poster, PFLP call to Intifada – Hafez Omar
In a report published on Wednesday, the Geneva-based organization exposed posts from 10 United Nations employees that included praises of terrorism against Israelis, and a picture of Adolf Hitler describing him as a humanitarian. Continue Reading »
Although the EU and UN accepted a report from IMPACT-se, exposing how all Palestinian schoolbooks in social studies, national education, history, and Arabic for grades 2–12, are saturated with incitement, racist or problematic content, they continue to fund the material that encourages children to commit violence and forever reject peace with Israel.
By ROSSELLA TERCATIN
Palestinian schoolchildren are exposed to a dramatic amount of incitement and intolerance against Jews and Israel, a research institute based at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found.
IMPACT-se describes itself as a “research, policy and advocacy organization that monitors and analyzes education,” according to “international standards on peace and tolerance as derived from UNESCO declarations and resolutions.” Continue Reading »
PLO chief Erekat claims that the timing of the UN’s internal investigation of graft and sexual misconduct among UNRWA’s senior management was “consistent with US and Israeli efforts to dry up the resources of UNRWA.“
– Erekat also accused the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium of “undermining the rights of Palestinian refugees” for suspending their funding of UNRWA.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Palestinian leadership is worried that the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) may not be renewed this year due to charges of corruption in the agency.
The Palestinians are also concerned about the recent decision of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium to temporarily suspend funding for UNRWA in the aftermath of allegations of graft and sexual misconduct among the its senior management. Continue Reading »
The White House requested to be updated on potential misuse of US funding of UNRWA; Switzerland suspended their aid with the Netherlands following suit in the wake of the UN report of sexual misconduct, corruption at the highest levels of the Palestinian refugee agency.
By Elad Benari
The White House is seeking clarifications from the UN on the investigation into alleged ethical abuses at UNRWA, the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”, Israel’s Channel 12 News revealed on Friday.
A senior official told the channel that even though the US stopped contributing to UNRWA, they are concerned there was misuse of US funds. Continue Reading »
The Swiss Federal Dept of Foreign Affairs clarified that it has already transferred $22.5 million to UNRWA for 2019, so the suspension of financial support would be for 2020, as it attaches special importance to good governance for international organizations.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF, URI BOLLAG
Switzerland suspended payments to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) until completion of a UN investigation into ethical misconduct among senior officials in the organization, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.
The Swiss clarified that it has already provided UNRWA with its pledged $22.5 million for 2019 and that the suspension would only impact money slated for 2020. Continue Reading »
In an internal ethics investigation of the UN agency created to maintain Palestinian Arabs as eternal refugees, reports of sexual misconduct, corruption, abuse of power along with a host of ethics violations were directed at the highest levels of the agency, including its chief, Pierre Krahenbuhl.
An Internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian Arab refugees and their descendants even as the organization faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts.
The allegations included in the confidential report by the agency’s ethics department are now being scrutinized by UN investigators. Continue Reading »
WATCH: At the UN Security Council, US Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt, blasts UNRWA failures, blaming the Palestinian refugee organization for squandering the significant funds donated by many countries, including the $6 BILLION contributed by the U.S. alone.
President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, said in a speech to the Security Council that the Palestinians would make a mistake if they did not come to the economic conference initiated by the United States in Bahrain.
“It would be a mistake for the Palestinians not to join us. They have nothing to lose and much to gain…” he said adding that it would be the first step towards a political solution to the conflict that would “transform the lives of the Palestinians.” Continue Reading »
Israel’s Foreign Ministry refuses to delete tweet after UNRWA head fumed over comment posted by ministry spokesman: “The terrorists shooting the rockets are all probably UNRWA graduates. You must be really proud of them.”
By Ariel Kahana and Israel Hayom Staff
Even as the winds of war seem to have temporarily subsided in Gaza, Israel’s Foreign Ministry and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees continue to butt heads over the agency’s conduct during the most recent round of violence between Israel and Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza.
Tensions began when UNRWA’s Commissioner General Matthias Schmale on May 4, intimated on Twitter that Israeli airstrikes were hindering UNRWA sponsored events to “celebrate children and their sports and fun activities.” Continue Reading »
No longer receiving aid from the US, the UN agency that provides food, education & health care exclusively for Palestinian refugees is asking donors to fill in the missing $446 million it lacks.
– President Trump said in January 2018 that Palestinian leaders must return to peace talks if they want to receive US aid money.
– The European Union has replaced the US as leading donor to UNRWA.
By the Associated Press
The head of the UN agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees on Monday urged donors who filled a $446 million hole in its budget last year after the Trump administration drastically cut the US contribution to be equally generous this year. Continue Reading »