In­ter­nal staffer in­cite­ment is too mucheven­forUN

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ROBIN SHEP­HERD

IT IS very rare that jus­tice gets done when it comes to sys­temic bias against Is­rael in in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions. So, hats off to UN Watch, the in­de­fati­ga­ble mon­i­tor­ing group led by Hil­lel Neuer, for tak­ing down the United Na­tions Re­lief and Works Agency (UNRWA) over hard­line anti-Is­rael and an­ti­semitic ac­tivists within its ranks.

Ear­lier in Oc­to­ber, UN Watch pro­duced a re­port doc­u­ment­ing cases in which Pales­tinian UN staff — pos­ing openly as UN em­ploy­ees — had been us­ing so­cial me­dia net­works such as Face­book to incite and en­cour­age at­tacks against Is­raeli civil­ians.

The re­port was sub­mit­ted to UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki Moon, as well as the head of UNRWA , Pierre Krähen­bühl.

UN Watch said: “At least 10 dif­fer­ent UN staffers are us­ing the im­pri­matur of their of­fi­cial po­si­tions to incite Pales­tinian stab­bing and shoot­ing at­tacks against Is­raeli Jews, with one call­ing on Face­book to ‘stab Zion­ist dogs’.”

Mr Neuer was quoted by his or­gan­i­sa­tion as say­ing: “The UN and top fun­ders of UNRWA such as the US gov­ern­ment must act im­me­di­ately to fire em­ploy­ees who are in­cit­ing mur­der­ous an­tisemitism and fu­elling the deadly pan­demic of Pales­tinian at­tacks…”

Sur­pris­ingly, UNRWA has taken ac­tion, sus­pend­ing and dis­ci­plin­ing at least some em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors who have been found guilty of such bla­tant acts of in­cite­ment.

The rea­son why the agency re­acted in that way is likely to be con­nected to fears among Western gov­ern­ments — whose tax­pay­ers pro­vide the bulk of UN fund­ing — that amid tur­moil across the Mid­dle East, the last thing they need is for the UN to push the Is­raelPales­tine con­flict over the brink.

UNRWA has a ter­ri­ble record of abus­ing its power and ef­fec­tively pro­long­ing the con­flict, with spokesman Chris Gun­ness ap­pear­ing to play the role of anti-Is­raeli ac­tivist rather than

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