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Sunday, October 30, 2011

UNRWA just can't avoid blaming Israel

I have noted that the Hamas-dominated teachers' union in Gaza has declared it would go on strike this week to protest UNRWA's suspension of its leader for being politically linked to Hamas. Hamas regards UNRWA as its last major rival in Gaza to be defeated and placed under submission to the self-proclaimed "Islamic Resistance Movement," after Hamas has destroyed or co-opted Fatah and many other militant groups,  independent unions and NGOs.

Hamas has attacked UNRWA summer camps, it has waged a lengthy war of words about UNRWA's curriculum, and it has even confiscated UNRWA humanitarian aid.

Yet UNRWA's spokesman will never say a negative word against Hamas.

Here's his latest unbelievable statement, after weeks of silence about this Hamas escalation against UNRWA:
UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness called for the union to stop the strike action.

"UNRWA appeals to the staff union in Gaza not to drag some 219,000 innocent children into their escalating campaign of industrial action," he said in a statement received by Ma'an.

"The children of Gaza, living under the Israeli blockade and the constant threat of military action have suffered enough.

"Along with the parents of Gaza and all those who believe in a dignified future for the next generation, we appeal to the union to call off the strike which is damaging the education of our children in 243 UNRWA schools."
Yes, yet again, UNRWA studiously avoids saying a single thing against the Gaza government that has constantly attacked it - and instead says that Israel is the real enemy.

As if Israel is the one that has a problem with UNRWA teaching liberal values and upholding policies to distance its employees from terror groups.