Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Today, AP's Matt Lee followed up in asking the State Department spokesperson John Kirby about whether they have any comment on the article I wrote yesterday about UNRWA inciting kids to become "martyrs" in "defending al-Aqsa."

The response was tepid, filled with wishy washy diplomatic cover for UNRWA and insisting that UNRWA takes these things seriously.

"Our blood and souls we will sacrifice for you, oh Al-Aqsa"
If UNRWA takes them seriously, then why am I still finding things every few months? Why aren't they policing themselves?

UNRWA today told the Gaza City school I reported on to take down the Facebook timeline entries from October 20, 2015, when the incitement ceremony was held. Many of the photos are still up (and won't be tomorrow after UNRWA reads this.) UNRWA did the least amount possible. They just covered up the easily visible parts but didn't uproot the problem. If UNRWA was really as serious about incitement and antisemitism as the State Department alleges, this wouldn't be a game of whack-a-mole - they would be publicly denouncing this incitement and announcing a plan to stop it once and for all. They would be doing what I'm doing to pro-actively find these issues before someone else does.

But they never did that and they never will, as long as their donors like the US government keep giving them cover as if specific UNRWA teachers are bad apples but UNRWA has no problems at its schools in general. I've uncovered enough institutionalized antisemitism at UNRWA schools based on their own social media sites to know better, and the State Department knows better as well.

Kirby's quote about how neutrality is vital to UNRWA sounds like it was written by Chris Gunness, not the US government. It is so obviously false as to make the rest of the statement a joke.

Here is today's State Department briefing discussing my scoop. I superimposed the evidence from UNRWA school webpages that show that there is nothing "alleged" about this: UNRWA schools are literally teaching children to kill themselves attacking Jews to stop them from visiting the Temple Mount.





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