from honestreporting.com, Dec. 14, 2014
Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid’s one-man war against the UNRWA continues. In an open letter to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafazai, Eid begged her not to follow through with plans to donate her $50,000 prize money through the UN agency:
Yet, I must advise you that if you want to make such a donation, please come here to do so in person and not through UNRWA — the United Nations Relief and Works Agency . . .
Despite all this being an open secret — all of UNRWA’s donors are in the know, including the United States and Israel — the organization is still considered a welfare and relief agency that could provide an “alternative to Hamas.” But if you ask Gazans what UNRWA has done for them, they would say “nothing,” (that is, except perpetuate their refugee status).Hamas knows the reason. It has a vested interest in ensuring that conditions of poverty remain unchanged and that the millions of greenbacks keep flowing in. This keeps the “right of return” relevant.
To state it simply: Donors hand over funds to UNRWA officials who are affiliated with Hamas who then act according to principles of Radical Islam, not of the UN principles. Rockets and tunnels were the most pressing concern from Gaza this past summer. Over the long haul, it is the Hamas brainwashing of Gaza’s school children that should have us worried.
Eid recently penned an acerbic takedown of UNRWA in the Jerusalem Post, prompting agency director Chris Gunness, to call for a boycott of the paper. Following up, Melanie Phillips interviewed Gunness and Eid on her Voice of Israel radio show. (Related reading: Stories I’d Like to See: Scratching the Surface of the UNRWA).