Skip to main content

call to end unrwa incitement

The European Jewish Congress has called for the suspension of UNRWA Funding until employee incitement ends.

On October 20, 2015, European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on the European Union and European Governments to cease support for UNRWA until a thorough investigation is conducted about many of its employees inciting hatred for Jews and Israel.

“The kind of hatred and incitement to violence that we have seen from employees of UNRWA in recent weeks is something that would be a crime in Europe,” Dr. Kantor said. “European taxpayers should not be funding an organization which tolerates and ignores racist and anti-Semitic incitement.”

“We see on the streets of Israel the results of vicious anti-Semitic incitement through the daily terror attacks on Jews in Israel and no one associated with a United Nations organization should be contributing to it.”

At least ten different UNRWA employees are using social media to incite Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks against Israeli Jews, using classical anti-Semitic caricatures, with one calling on Facebook to “stab Zionist dogs,” according to a recently released report by UN watch, a non-government organization which monitors the United Nations and affiliated bodies by the yardstick of its own Charter.

“It is clear that European officials are interested in lowering the flames in the region as a result of these terrorist attacks,” Dr. Kantor explained. “It can start by making it clear that they will lend no support to organizations and individuals who are either engaging in spreading hatred or turning a blind eye to incitement to violence.”

UNRWA Employees Incite to Murder on Facebook - Call to “Stab Zionist Dogs”

• At least ten different UNRWA employees are using social media to incite Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks against Israeli Jews, with one calling on Facebook to “stab Zionist dogs,” according to a new report by UN Watch. (See excerpts below.)

• The UK has banned a London teacher from the classroom after an antisemitic Facebook post. By contrast, UNRWA refuses to do anything to remove or even discipline teachers who post anti-Semitic material and make open calls for violence.

• When asked on Friday about the UN Watch report, the UN spokesman responded that it “remains to be seen” if UNRWA officials are engaged in incitement. Interestingly, the same world body that makes snap condemnations when it has seen no evidence now chooses to ignore what everyone can see with their own eyes.

• The UN and top funders of UNRWA such as the United States government must act immediately to terminate employees who are inciting murderous anti-Semitism and fueling the deadly pandemic of Palestinian attacks against Israeli Jews that have claimed innocent men, women and children, aged 13 to 78.

• Despite UNRWA’s promise, in the wake of UN Watch's previous report, to take action and dismiss UNRWA perpetrators of incitement, there has been no accountability whatsoever.

SUBMITTED BY EVELYN ASKOLOVITCH, Representative to EJC