UN agency staff ‘celebrated and justified’ Hamas attack on Israel: Watchdog

UN agency staff ‘celebrated and justified’ Hamas attack on Israel: Watchdog

  • November 8, 2023

Gabe Kaminsky, Washington Examiner

Staffers for a United Nations agency that dishes out massive amounts of Palestinian aid “immediately celebrated and justified” the Hamas terror attacks against Israel on Oct. 7, according to a new report.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, works alongside Palestinian refugees and has long come under fire from national security experts and members of Congress for terror affiliations, though UNRWA recently tried to walk back a claim that Hamas intercepted humanitarian supplies in connection to the Israel-Gaza conflict. Meanwhile, 20 UNRWA teachers and other staff members expressed support for Hamas recently on social media, U.N. Watch, a nonprofit group based in Switzerland, said in a 68-page report released Monday.

The Biden administration has steered hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to UNRWA and in 2021 expressed concerns about loosening sanctions on cash to Gaza over “a high risk Hamas could potentially derive indirect, unintentional benefit,” according to documents obtained by the watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust. The Trump administration halted Palestinian aid over terror concerns.

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