Roundup: UNRWA’s Ties to Terrorism

During the recent fighting in the Gaza Strip, officials from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA) have been highly critical of Israeli policies. In particular, spokesperson Christopher Gunness and John Ging, director of the agency’s operations in the Gaza Strip, have condemned Israel for killing Palestinian women and children without acknowledging the role Hamas’ rockets played in provoking the conflict.


Journalists often fail to report that UNWRA has come under severe criticism and intense scrutiny for its ties to Palestinian terror groups, mismanagement of funds, and failure to repatriate Palestinian refugees.


Here is a round-up of useful materials about UNWRA.


Media Reports
      and Mail, Jan. 29, 2009)
      Mowbray,, Jan. 14, 2009)

3.      West turned a blind eye to Hamas until Israel hit back (David Adams,, Jan. 15, 2009)

4.      Gaza Bedfellows UNRWA and Hamas (Claudia Rosette,, Jan. 8, 2009)

5.      Rockets Fly, The UN Lies (Arlene Kushner, FrontPage Magazine, Dec. 2, 2008

6.      Fatal Approach – How the UN Feeds Hamas, (Arlene Kushner, The National Review, March 30, 2004)  


Research Papers


1.      The Connection between UNRWA and the Palestinian Terror Organizations in the Gaza Strip (Jonathan D. Halevi, Middle East Strategic Information, Jan. 14, 2009)
2.   UNWRA: Barrier to Peace (Jonathan Spyer, Began-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, May 27, 2008)

3.      UNRWA: Refuge of Rejectionism (Barry Rubin et al, Global Research in International Affairs Center, May 8, 2008)

4.      The UN’s Palestinian Refugee Problem (Arlene Kushner, Azure, Autumn, 2005)

5.      UNRWA Links to Terrorism (Arlene Kushner, The Center for Near East Policy Research, October, 2004)
6.   Fixing UNRWA: Repairing the UN’s Troubled System of Aid to Palestinian Refugees (James G. Lindsay, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 2009) 


CAMERA Articles


1.  &nbsp ;   Why Palestinians Still Live in Refugee Camps, Aug. 14, 2005

2.      Media, UNRWA Silent on Attacked Aid Convoy, Jan. 21, 2009

3.      CAMERA Runs Full Page New York Times Ad on UN Bias Against Israel, Dec. 17, 2004. Ad is available here. (PDF)

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