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Defeat Hamas Without Firing A Shot By Getting UNRWA To Take The Jihadists Off Their Payrolls

Gaza Border "March Of Return" Rioters Are Hamas Operatives Bankrolled By UNRWA
June 11, 2018

How to defeat Hamas without firing a shot

The people who organize and participate in current riots on the Gaza fences, are UNRWA employees.

David Bedein, כ"ז בסיון תשע"ח, 6/10/2018

How to defeat Hamas? Deprive Hamas members of their prime source of income, which is UNRWA, the largest employer of Hamas in Gaza.

The people who organize and participate in current riots on the Gaza fences, are UNRWA employees - 20,000 proud members of Hamas who control the UNRWA workers association and the UNRWA teachers association since 1999, all of whom incite for a mass invasion of Israel under the slogan of the "right of return by force of arms"

The "return" they refer to is to villages that Arabs left three generations ago, most expecting to return after the Arab armies destroyed the fledgling Jewish state, between 1948 and 1953, in the wake of the Israel War of Independence - in which the Arabs attacked Israel.

UNRWA has kept 5 million descendants of Arab refugees in "temporary" conditions, while Hamas ads fuel to the fire..

What can be done to douse the flames of Hamas?

Donor nations to UNRWA can demand the cut off of their paying UNRWA salaries, which would transform Hamas into beggars who would starve for lack of cash.

US, Canada, the UK and Australia all have tough laws on the books which clearly state that their respective nations must condition aid to UNRWA with a strict requirement that, in order to receive aid, no member of an FTO, a Foreign Terrorist Organization, can receive a salary.

Indeed, Canada cut off its aid to the general fund of UNRWA in 2009 after Hamas gained control of the UNRWA workers union and UNRWA teachers association, as documented in a study that our agency published that was commissioned by the European Parliament.

Demand that UNRWA indeed dismiss any and all Hamas members on staff. Canada renewed funding of the UNRWA general fund in 2016, after UNRWA lied to Ottawa that it no longer employs members of Hamas..

Since no Hamas members were removed from the staff of UNRWA, this would be an opportune time for donor nations to demand that UNRWA conduct a review of its employees for terror connections.

The next logical step is to demand that UNRWA indeed dismiss any and all Hamas members on staff.

At an UNRWA policy symposium held in Geneva in 2004, I asked Peter Hansen, then head of UNRWA, how he could justify Hamas members on his staff. His answer was that UNRWA does not look at the religious affiliation of its staff members and he went on to say that he had no problem employing Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll.

As a result of that answer, donor nations forced UNRWA to fire Hansen.

Hansen's dismissal provides a precedent that UNRWA donor nations could easily invoke.


MIM Update: Proof that US cuts to UNRWA work from 7/26/2018.

UNRWA axes jobs after American aid cut UN agency for "Palestinian refugees" cuts more than 250 jobs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

Ben Ariel, י"ד באב תשע"ח, 7/26/2018

UNRWA, the United Nations agency for "Palestinian refugees", announced Wednesday it was cutting more than 250 jobs after the United States held back hundreds of millions in aid, AFP reported.

In total, 154 employees in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria and 113 in Gaza will be let go, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said in a statement.

More than 500 other full-time staff will be offered part-time contracts, the statement added.

The U.S. announced in January it would cut some of its funding to UNRWA, citing a need to undertake a fundamental re-examination of the organization, both in the way it operates and the way it is funded.

Wednesday's job cuts were the first since that announcement.

Gunness's statement said the U.S. cut represented an "existential threat" to UNRWA, which had been trying to raise the money from other donors.

The organization has received pledges of $100 million in additional funding from Qatar, Canada, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, Norway, Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, India and France as a means of making up for the aid that was cut by Washington.

UNRWA said last month that it had managed to pay salaries and provide some services, but also said there was still a large budget deficit of $256 million.

Amal al-Batsh, deputy head of UNRWA's staff union, condemned the announced cuts.

"The decisions are unfair and will adversely affect employees and their families," she toldAFP.

Hundreds of people rallied outside UNRWA's headquarters in Gaza City to protest against the decision to axe jobs, as the union called for a sit-in.

"The letters sent today are not letters of dismissal. It is a death certificate for us and our families," said UNRWA employee Anwar Hamad.

The UNRWA staff union also called for a general strike by employees to be held on Thursday in Gaza.

Gunness' statement said UNRWA was seeking to "protect core services, including education, health and relief", and to ensure the schools they run in PA-assigned territories, Lebanon, Jordan and elsewhere open on time after the summer holidays.

"The decision of the U.S. to cut $300 million in funding to UNRWA this year has been described by our commissioner general as an existential threat to UNRWA," he said.

"As we continue to pursue every avenue of support to overcome a severe financial crisis, UNRWA, its dedicated staff and the refugees have only one option: to face up to this situation together and preserve the most important work we do."

UNRWA is notorious for its anti-Israel activities. During the 2014 counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge, Hamas rockets were discovered inside a school building run by UNRWA.

Likewise, a booby-trapped UNRWA clinic was detonated, killing three IDF soldiers. Aside from the massive amounts of explosives hidden in the walls of the clinic, it was revealed that it stood on top of dozens of terror tunnels, showing how UNRWA is closely embedded with Hamas.

More recently, the director of UNRWA operations in Gaza expressed his support for the anti-Israel marches along the Israel-Gaza border and pledged that the organization's medical centers will provide care for "Palestinian refugees" who might sustain injuries during them.

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