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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

IDF slams UNRWA for coddling Hamas

From JPost:
The security establishment had some scathing criticism for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Wednesday after the IDF claimed that three ambulances that were transferred to the organization some two weeks ago were seized by Hamas.

According to the army, a short time after the ambulances arrived in Gaza via the Kerem Shalom border crossing, Hamas gunmen overpowered the drivers and took control of the vehicles. The IDF noted that UNRWA failed to report the incident.

A military source told Army Radio that the incident indicated a double standard toward Hamas, and UNRWA's discrimination concerning Israel.

"When Israel deviates a little from procedures in Gaza, there is a massive world outcry, but when UNRWA, as an organization, doesn't even declare that Hamas is causing great damage in Gaza, the world doesn't even open its mouth," he said.
The IDF is not the first group to accuse Hamas of stealing ambulances. The Palestinian Authority itself has said that Hamas has stolen ambulances donated by Arab countries, painted them black and turned them into military vehicles.

UNRWA has a track record of being silent in the face of Hamas abuses and war crimes. It is easy to be critical of Israel, because those racist imperialist colonialist Zionists don't have the same habits of beheading and shooting people who anger them like the peaceful, moderate, tolerant Arabs do.