Excerpted from “Where Has All the Flour Gone: Whims and Waste of UN Palestinian Refugee Policy
by: David Bedein, Paperless Publishing LLC, New York. Publication Date: Sept. 15, 2011
Al-Kutla al-Islamiya activities in UNRWA’s schools Al-Kutla al-Islamiya (a.k.a al-Kutla), literally the Islamic block, is Hamas official arm operating in all educational institutions in the Gaza Strip, from elementary schools to colleges and universities, including the educational institutions run by UNRWA. The Kutka’s strategy in elementary and middle school is focused on attracting students to its variety of activities, that intended to strengthen the bonds with the students as well as their belief in Islam, and exposing them gradually to Hamas ideology in order to make them active members of the Islamic movement. In each school, including those run by UNRWA, Hamas appointed a student to head al-Kutla local branch, who operates as point of contact for Hamas and responsible for recruiting students to the Kutla and organizing activities inside school and after-school.