According to a recent report from the U.K.-based Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), “at least 14 teachers and staff at UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) schools have publicly celebrated the October 7 massacre and other Hamas attacks on their social media accounts.”
This may not seem unusual considering the deluge of antisemitism we’re seeing worldwide in the wake of the horrific terror attacks of October 7th —but this is a little different. Why? Because the Biden Administration has given $1 billion dollars to UNRWA since 2021.
The U.S. is funding people who hate us; people who cheer terrorists.
According to Fox News, UNRWA “has faced intense criticism that it perpetuates the conflict between Israel and Palestinians by warehousing alleged refugees and failing to rope in the teaching of Islamic-animated terrorism, violence and antisemitism.”
IMPACT-se CEO Marcus Sheff said, “Time and again we have warned that UNRWA staff and school materials have created a breeding ground for terror. Our worst fears have now been tragically realized with the horrific attack on Oct. 7.”
“All governments that fund UNRWA, including the United States, must urgently review and concurrently freeze financial support to UNRWA to help ensure that another generation is not lost to the evils of hatred and incitement,” Sheff added.
One UNRWA employee in Gaza, Mahmoud Abu Adhm encouraged the killing of Jews on Facebook, saying “Do not walk past a captive who has not been given amnesty without striking off his neck so as to terrorize the enemy.”
Biden is funding this.
Another teacher employed by UNRWA, Afaf Talab, shared a video on Facebook in which the Hamas massacre is referred to as the “first real victory” on the way to liberating all Palestinians.
Fox News reports that “The video posted by Talab praised the destruction of Israeli communities ‘with 1000 men in 3 hours’ causing ‘entire cities emptied out in one night.’ He called on Oct. 23 for God to ‘destroy the Jews.’ According to IMPACT-se, “This sentence in the Facebook post was deliberately misspelled, perhaps to avoid detection through automated translation given [his] role as a U.N. employee.”
Again, Biden is funding this hatred. Not surprisingly, former President Donald Trump halted funding for U.S. UNRWA in 2018. And, again not surprisingly, President Biden’s administration fired it back up.
In July 2022, the Biden Administration announced it had given more money to UNRWA than any other organization in the world.
Why are we celebrating this? Why are we funding people who hate us?