A new 130 page report published by UN Watch titled “Poisoning Palestinian Children: A Report on UNRWA Teachers’ Incitement to Jihadist Terrorism and Anti-Semitism” reveals more than 40 Facebook pages operated by school teachers, principals and other employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which incite to terrorism and anti-Semitism. The new cases are in addition to 30 cases of incitement previously published by UN Watch in 2015.
Canada’s $25 million a year contribution was resumed by the Trudeau government in 2016 after a 6 year pause by the Harper government. The cut UNRWA’s funding over its alleged links to Hamas, which is designated in Canada as a terrorist organization. When the Liberals announced the resumption of donations to UNRWA, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude reassured UNRWA critics who expressed grave concerns that some of the money may be used to promote incitement to terrorism or be diverted to Hamas, that “there will be enhanced due diligence applied to UNRWA funding” and promised that Canadian taxpayers’ dollars will be accompanied by a “very robust oversight and reporting framework, which includes regular site visits and strong anti-terrorism provisions.” It turns out that the “robust oversight” promised by the Liberals is not working very well.
Examples of incitement in the new report include UNRWA teachers and staffers celebrating the terrorist kidnapping of Israeli teenagers, cheering rockets being fired at Israeli civilian centers, endorsing various forms of violence, erasing Israel from the map, praising Hitler and posting his photo, and posting overtly anti-Semitic videos, caricatures, and statements.
According to UN Watch, an independent NGO which monitors the United Nations, incitement by UNRWA employees constitutes a violation of their legal obligations, including breach of neutrality, breach of undertaking to reject racism, failure to implement social media training, failure to discipline teachers who incite terrorism and anti-Semitism, and violation of internal UN policies on impartiality.
Last November, UN Watch sent Prime Minister Trudeau the names of UNRWA staffers and links to their Facebook pages showing posts that glorify Hitler. “The core issue is not what UNRWA teachers reveal online, but the fact that racists are being hired in the first place to teach children,” said Canadian-born executive director of UN Watch Hillel Neuer at that time. “We’re not calling merely for hateful posts to be removed—we’re calling for every antisemitic teacher to be fired, and for the senior UNRWA officials who keep recruiting them to be fired too.”
“Because UNRWA is turning a blind eye to incitement that is pervasive and systematic, and which abuses the hearts and minds of vulnerable Palestinian children, we call on Prime Minister Trudeau to support an independent and international commission of inquiry, to investigate the culture of impunity for perpetrators of racism and incitement that pervades UNRWA,” Neuer added.
Before any further funds are released to UNRWA, UN Watch is urging all foreign donors, including Canada, to demand that UNRWA adopts a zero tolerance policy for employees who incite racism or murder by immediately terminating them and prominently post on its website all actions it is taking to weed out anti-Semitic and pro-terror conduct by UN staff.