Introduction

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was founded in 1950, with its’ stated goals of providing“education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance” for over 5 million Palestinian refugees.
These praiseworthy efforts have improved the lives of countless Palestinians, yet in recent years their efforts have been subverted by the terror organizations that have taken over UNRWA facilities and resources.

Most recently, ample evidence has accumulated during Operation “Protective Edge,” which started on July 8, 2014, linking Palestinian terrorist organizations to UNRWA.

Hamas’ de facto takeover of UNRWA institutions in the Gaza Strip

The UNRWA workers union has been controlled in practice by Hamas for many years. The “Professional List”, headed by senior Hamas activist Suheil Al-Hindi, won a landslide victory in the elections for the UNRWA workers union held in September 2012.

In the elections, in which nearly 11,500 employees of UNRWA voted, the “Professional List” won all 11 seats allocated to the teachers’ sector, 6 of 7 seats in the employees’ sector and 8 out of 9 seats in the service sector.

The “Al-Karama (Honor) List,” affiliated with the Islamic Jihad organization, also participated in the elections, whereas the Fatah movement chose to boycott them, claiming that Hamas controls the UNRWA workers union and limits its activities.The 2012 workers union elections were not the first ones to be won by Hamas. They also won the 2009 elections. The bloc affiliated with Hamas also won the previous election for the UNRWA workers union by an overwhelming majority. Lists affiliated with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PLO (uniting representatives of the PFLP, Fatah and the People’s Party) and the independents took part in the 2009 elections. 17 representatives of Hamas (63%), four from the PFLP, four from Fatah, one from the People’s Party and one from the independents were elected to the union, which includes 27 members.

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  1. More than 10 years ago I made a short presentation on two UN organizations dealing with refugees. UNHCR organization caring for refugees from around the world.
    And UNRWA organization who cares for Arab refugees who fought against the Jewish state – Israel.
    http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/15773199
    Here is also a page of the changes made to UNRWA’s refugee definition in recent years after I published the presentation
    http://www.art-gallery-yona.com/Refugees-Definition.html
    Out of the work on the presentation I learned that the UN through UNRWA, which is used as an arm of the United Nations, promotes violence, is a factor for not resolving the conflict and transmits and stores actual war material against Israel.
    Is this not a crime against humanity?
    Without UNRWA, there would not exist "Palestinian refugees."
    Without UNRWA, there would not be the requirement of the "right of return".
    Without UNRWA, all the refugees in the world would receive the same conditions and the same treatment.
    Without UNRWA, there would not exist in the eternal warfare between Israel and the Arabs of Israel.
    UNRWA is an organization that had to be closed 66 years ago. So why is it still exists? Who and why prevents the closing of this criminal organization?
    Let’s talk about occupation.
    Because what is happening now in Israel will happen in your countries. Therefore, you should know about that.
    Everyone who talks about the oppression of the Palestinians. Some historical information would not hurt.
    The Arabs are Not Palestinians! The real Palestinians are Not of Arab origin.
    Do you know who are those who stole the Palestinian identity?
    Do you know that the largest mosque in Gaza was a synagogue less than a hundred years ago? Did you know that a hundred and fifty years ago, most of Gaza’s population was Jews and Christians? The Jewish population in Gaza ended with the pogrom of 1928. The last Christian Priest murdered three years after Hamas came to power. And recently, Christians in Gaza are forced to convert to Islam. Just like ISIS do it anywhere which they occupy.
    Please read this short article and visit all the links to get more information..
    http://www.art-gallery-yona.com/demogra-eng.html

    And this article written by Ben-Dror Yemini: Nakba Day and the Fraud
    http://www.mideasttruth.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9798

    And also the Interior Minister of Hamas indicates that the historical facts which I present are true. From his explanation, it is understandable that was made a deception of identity theft.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbuM91PeSOs
    And
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcMW9O9NxX4#t=124
    What does the UN teach "Palestinian" children at UNRWA schools?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3hOrRMARZo
    If so, what are the real causes of the Arab war against Israel?
    Here’s a real explanation from the mouths of imams in mosques.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIiGwGG6x_A&feature=youtu.be
    It is very important to know that Branding the Jews and their state Israel as "occupiers", gives Arab the legitimacy to remove the occupier in any way they choose, including terrorism against civilians. Therefore they insist to preserve and to leverage this branding. But anyone who is interested in reaching a peace must be recruited for switching it off.
    And here you have a person who explains it the best way.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nEzvhvOcWEs#!
    And also Sheikh Palazzi
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7I9amcTg_6I
    and Dr. Tawfik Hamid, who was a member of Alkaaida. Now he loves Israel and is trying to change Islam in order to achieve peace.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2wvqDfitLY
    And this precious man . Once he was a terrorist and murder people.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrgghgPj2tk
    One more point. During this period when UNRWA was created, there were a million refugees that the UN did everything to forget about them.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLcEAgYr1lQ
    And this is a video for those interested in delving into the subject of the relationship between Arab – Israeli conflict and the Nazis.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulbRB5lHgJA

    5 EXCERPTS FROM THE HAMAS CHARTER THAT YOU NEED TO READ
    Hamas’s goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. But don’t take our word for it! Read the actual Hamas Charter and see why Hamas will stop at nothing to destroy Israel and the Jewish people.
    http://bit.ly/Top-5-Hamas-Charter-Excerpts

    The Palestinian National Covenant
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_National_Covenant

  2. I have just read your wonderful article. I would like to know what has been the Israeli Governments attitude to UNRWA since it’s inseption.

    thank you.

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