Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Remember Sohaib Fayyad, the UNRWA employee who changed his Facebook icon to a graphic of a "Like" icon modified to hold a stabbing knife?

He recently shared a video from "Jerusalem Intifada" on how to build a homemade bomb:

UNRWA yesterday issued a disgusting press release that condemned anything Israel is doing to defend itself from the current wave of stabbings, shootings, stonings and car rammings. It didn't mention the terror except for one sentence that was purposefully ambiguous enough to possibly refer to Israeli Arabs who are being shot during their knife rampages.

UNRWA is deeply alarmed by the escalating violence and widespread loss of civilian life in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel. Only robust political action can prevent the further escalation of a situation that is affecting Palestinian and Israeli civilians.

...According to the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials: “Law enforcement officials shall not use firearms against persons except in self-defense or defense of others against the imminent threat of death or serious injury, to prevent the perpetration of a particularly serious crime involving grave threat to life, to arrest a person presenting such a danger and resisting their authority, or to prevent his or her escape; and only when less extreme means are insufficient to achieve these objectives. In any event, intentional lethal use of firearms may only be made when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.”

Where alleged violations of international law occur, there must be a prompt, impartial, effective and thorough investigation of the events and full accountability in accordance with international standards.
The root causes of the conflict, among them the Israeli occupation, must be addressed. Across the occupied Palestinian territory there is a pervasive sense of hopelessness and despair resulting from the denial of rights and dignity. In the West Bank communities living under occupation feel profoundly marginalized. While in Gaza the latest demonstrations are evidence of a generation that has lost hope in the future; not least because of the lack of economic prospects -- youth unemployment is one of the highest in the world – but also because of the lack of reconstruction more than a year after the conflict. An entire generation of Palestinians is at risk. All political actors must act decisively to restore their hope in a dignified, secure and stable future.
That last paragraph justifies violence by saying it is a result of "feeling marginalized" and "hopeless" and other inanities.

Most of all, UNRWA is ignoring its own role in fomenting violence - by allowing its employees to teach and promulgate incitement against Jews in the classrooms and on social media.

Incitement is the root cause of the current violence - not Israeli actions. And it has been that way for decades. No one justifies terrorism anywhere else in the world the way UNRWA and others justify Palestinian terrorism.

And UNRWA is directly responsible for some of this, because it does not teach in any of its schools that Jews have the right to life.

(h/t Malel)

UPDATE: The Facebook page has been taken down.

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