GENEVA, September 3, 2015 - UN
Watch submitted a report today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon documenting
12 different Facebook accounts operated by supposedly neutral UNRWA officials
that openly incite to violence and hatred against Jews, urging him and agency
chief Pierre Krähenbühl to fire the culprits pursuant to their promises.
UN Watch additionally called on those giving hundreds of millions
of dollars every year to UNRWA -- including the United States ($408
million), the European Union ($139 million), the
United Kingdom ($95 million) -- to stop UNRWA from using
taxpayer funds to employ school principals and teachers who spread anti-Semitism
and terrorism. Inaction is complicity.
The pathology of racism and violence within UNRWA must finally be
rooted out, and not denied and buried, as UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness has
repeatedly attempted to do.
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Gunness Attacks UN Watch
UN Watch's campaign has brought to light numerous instances of
UNRWA incitement on Facebook, reported in the Jerusalem
However, top UNRWA official Chris Gunness is responding not by
condemning or trying to stop his teachers' incitement to racism and violence,
but rather by launching a campaign of intimidation against UN Watch.
Just as he last year reacted with a Twitter emotional
meltdown when he screamed for a boycott
of the Jerusalem Post over a critical op-ed, this time Gunness is attacking
UN Watch for daring to report his organization's incidents of hate.
UN Watch is urging donor states to finally hold Mr. Gunness
accountable for his reckless, inflammatory and unprofessional conduct.
his tone and approach of reacting to UN Watch's legitimate reporting on abuses,
Gunness now joins the ranks of ex-UN official Richard Falk and Cuba's Castro
regime, both of whom sought to shut
down UN Watch in the past.
Watch has nothing to hide. Gunness' McCarthyite attacks are designed to
intimidate us, and others, into silence.
UN Watch refuses to be intimidated. On the contrary: we will now redouble our
work to expose the despicable racism promoted by UNRWA officials in violation of
the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Above: Facebook post by UNRWA official Nasreen
Hammoud, on her page openly identified with UNRWA. Below:
UNRWA's Chris Gunness conducts a failed strategy of denial and attack
against UN Watch.