The UNRWA teachers’ union in the Gaza Strip has close to 7,000 members, the civil service sector has about 2,000 and the general UNRWA workers number about 1,500. Elections are held once every three years to elect 27 representatives and candidates from the PLO, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine all contend for seats. With the exception of the PLO, all the organizations have been designated as terrorist entities by the United States and the European Union.

UNRWA in Gaza and Terrorist Organizations A Cooperative Relationship