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UNRWA Gives Rockets to Hamas; Why is U.S. Still Funding It?

Last week, the UN refugee agency dedicated exclusively to Palestinians admitted that 20 rockets had mysteriously turned up in one of its schools in Gaza, thereby confirming a claim Israel has made for years: that UNRWA facilities are frequently utilized by terrorists. This week, the organization announced that it has turned the rockets over to “the local authorities” in Gaza, aka Hamas. In other words, a UN agency funded almost entirely by American and European taxpayers handed rockets over to a terrorist organization that is shooting them at Israel. And that isn’t even the most outrageous part of the story.

The truly outrageous part was a Western diplomat’s response, as reported by the Times of Israel:

A Western diplomat familiar with the incident said there is “absolutely no evidence” that UNRWA handed the rockets to Hamas. Rather, the diplomat suggested, the authorities who collected the rockets are under the direct authority of the Palestinian unity government, “which Hamas has left and which many in Hamas are openly hostile to. The key point is that the weapons were handed over to people who are not answerable to Hamas,” the diplomat said, referring to the fact that the unity government, not Hamas, is officially the ruling power in Gaza.

​The idea that the Palestinian Authority, rather than Hamas, is the ruling power in Gaza is risible. True, that’s the ostensible implication of the unity government it recently formed with Hamas, but in reality, the PA doesn’t have a single soldier or policeman in Gaza. When PA Health Minister Jawad Awwad tried to exercise his nominal authority by inspecting Gaza’s hospitals last week, his vehicle was stoned. PA President Mahmoud Abbas hasn’t even dared set foot in Gaza. Egypt has repeatedly said it will reopen its border crossing with Gaza only if Hamas allows the PA to resume control of the crossing–surely a superfluous demand if the PA were already in control of Gaza. And we haven’t even mentioned the glaring internal contradiction in the diplomat’s own words: If Hamas has “left” the unity government, how can the unity government even exist, much less be in control of Gaza?

​Of course, the unnamed diplomat knows all this quite well; nobody who’s been conscious for the past seven years could be ignorant of who really rules Gaza. The diplomat was simply contorting the facts to avoid admitting that UNRWA gave lethal weapons to Hamas–which both America and Europe deem a terrorist organization–because financing an agency that gives arms to terrorists would violate both American and European law. In other words, admitting the truth would require them to stop funding UNRWA, which neither America nor Europe wants to do.

In reality, UNRWA should have been defunded long ago, given both its role in perpetuating the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the fact that its enormous budget comes at the expense of other refugees, like the Syrians, whose need is far greater. But by turning rockets over to Hamas, UNRWA has lost its last shred of pretense to being a “humanitarian” agency. It’s high time for Congress to pull the financial plug.


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3 Responses to “UNRWA Gives Rockets to Hamas; Why is U.S. Still Funding It?”

  1. ROMAN SZEREMETA says:

    I see the left wing media is highlighting the “high” number of children killed. One blog comment accused Israel of indiscriminate killing of children!
    Lets look at the facts.
    The median age of the population of Gaza is 14 years. This means that half the population is under 14 years of age. Depending on your definition of a a child eg under 16 years more than half the population of Gaza are children. Soooo, if the bombing were random and indiscriminate then more than half the casualties would be children.
    But the last set of figures I saw claimed that of the 340 Gazans killed, only 80 were children ie less than 25%.
    If the bombing were random there should have been more than 170!!!!

    • TIKI SHAPIRA says:

      Don’t blame only the US. The EU and numerous countries like Japan a.o. + the so called ‘Human Projects by all kind of obscure NGO’s share the honour of having ‘poor Palestinian’ blood on their hands!

      For if they were thinking that Jews would sit quietly (again) while being slaughtered by the results of their funded pet project: the Palestinians’, they were grossly mistaken!

      The EU didn’t ‘understand where all the billions went. Well now they found out. Except Palestinian leaders Swiss bank account & top salaries for UNWRA members like Chris Günness a.o., it all went underground to terror tunnels hiding rockets with the sole purpose of killing as much Israeli’s as possible!

      The Israeli government isn’t blameless neither, for they were sending in building materials, used for (irony)…right terror tunnels

  2. JASON STOLLER says:

    Th UN-jewish organization strikes again, or literally assists. What’s next? UN non grata.




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