Ne­tanyahu calls for dis­man­tling of UN­RWA af­ter ter­ror tun­nel discovery

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(JNS.org) Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu Sun­day called for the dis­man­tling of the United Na­tions Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UN­RWA), fol­low­ing the discovery of a Ha­mas ter­ror tun­nel dug un­derneath two of the U.N. body’s schools in Gaza.

“Ha­mas is us­ing school­child­ren as hu­man shields and this is the en­emy that we have been fi ht­ing against for many years, an en­emy that is com­mit­ting a twofold war crime….It first at­tacks in­no­cent civil­ians and then hides be­hind chil­dren,” Ne­tanyahu said.

“I re­gret that UN­RWA, to a large de­gree, by its very ex­is­tence, per­pet­u­ates—and does not solve—the Pales­tinian refugee prob­lem. The efore, the time has come to dis­band UN­RWA and in­te­grate it into the UN­HCR (U.N. Hu­man Rights Coun­cil),” he said.

Dur­ing the 2014 war be­tween Is­rael and Ha­mas, Is­rael per­sis­tently de­nounced the Pales­tinian ter­ror group’s use of tun­nels dug un­der schools to launch rock­ets at Is­raeli civil­ians from Gaza. In the same con­fli t, Ha­mas weapons were re­peat­edly dis­cov­ered in­side UN­RWA schools.

For­mer United Na­tions Sec­re­taryGen­eral Ban Ki-moon vis­its a school in Gaza run by the U.N. Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UN­RWA). Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu Sun­day called for the dis­man­tling of UN­RWA fol­low­ing the discovery of a Ha­mas ter­ror tun­nel dug un­derneath two of the U.N. body’s Gaza schools. Credit: U.N. /Eskinder De­bebe.

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