Hollywood celeb donates ‘MasterChef’ winnings to terror supporting org

Adel Hana | AP Images

Adel Hana | AP Images

Conservative Review, by Jordan Schachtel, January 7, 2017:

On the surface, it appeared as if Kal Penn committed a noble deed.

This week, Penn won the “MasterChef Celebrity Countdown” contest in a Fox TV special, securing a $25,000 donation for a charity of his choice. The Hollywood celebrity decided to give the cash to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Penn, best known for playing Kumar in the “Harold & Kumar” stoner movie comedies, previously served in President Obama’s White House Office of Public Engagement. A committed leftist like the rest of Hollywood, Penn often articulates his political views on social media.

Though UNRWA postures itself as a simple relief agency for Palestinian refugees, its presence in the Middle East has actually worsened the Arab-Israeli conflict. Instead of solving the Palestinian territorial crisis, UNRWA has helped to move it into perpetuity.

Originally, the United Nations organization only recognized 750,000 Palestinians as “refugees.” But the U.N. has expanded the definition for Palestinian refugees to include original refugees’ children and grandchildren, which has expanded the total to above 5 million. This puts Palestinians in a refugee league of their own.

The U.N.’s other refugee agency, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), does not allow other refugees to pass down their status to their kids and grandkids. And also unlike UNHCR, UNRWA does not promote resettling their “refugees” into countries that might be willing to take them in. Instead, they keep Palestinians in an endless state of dependency, with an ever-growing roster.

Worse, the Relief and Works Agency has essentially embedded itself with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. UNRWA has employed actual terrorists and Nazi sympathizers, and uses its U.N.-funded schools to push false, exterminationist, anti-Semitic narratives about Jews and Israel.

The U.N. outfit has been caught several times stockpiling missiles for Hamas in children’s schools, and the agency’s construction materials sometimes end up in Hamas’ homemade tunnels, which are used to infiltrate Israel and commit terror attacks.

The United States remains the top contributor to UNRWA. In 2015, the U.S. taxpayers contributed $380 million toward the agency’s projects.

By all indications, Kal Penn, like UNRWA, is not a big fan of the state of Israel.

In 2014, as Israel was under bombardment from Hamas rockets, Penn vented his frustrations with U.S. policy. He disagreed with the rearming of Israel in its battle with Palestinian terrorism. Penn took to Twitter, writing: “Wow, guess we’re not serious about a ceasefire.”

U.S. Pays $400M for U.N. Agency Calling for Attacks on Israeli Jews

one-state-solution-palestinian-violenceNational Review, by Andrew C. McCarthy, October 17, 2015

Gauging UNRWA’s Purpose on its 65th Anniversary

1181by Paul Alster
Special to IPT News
June 11, 2015

On April 18, two roadside bombs exploded in the Gaza Strip. Neither of the IEDs planted by Salafi jihadists opposed to Hamas rule in the enclave caused serious damage, but both explosions targeted United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) facilities. While the incidents were widely reported, there has been little questioning of why UNRWA buildings were targeted by those opposing Hamas. The logical conclusion is that in the eyes of those who planted the devices Hamas and UNRWA are identified as cooperating entities.

Back in 2004, confirmation of UNRWA’s relationship with Hamas came from the very highest level when the U.N. organization’s long-time Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, “I am sure that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll and I don’t see that as a crime.” Hansen left his post soon after.

According to its critics, UNRWA allows the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to dictate what will be taught in UNRWA schools, including incitement against the State of Israel, the aspiration to martyrdom, and the demonization of Jews. Hamas is alleged to control the UNRWA teaching staff union and through those teachers, feed young and impressionable minds a diet of anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic indoctrination. UNRWA vehemently denies this charge.

At its inception in 1950, UNRWA’s definition of a Palestine refugee was crystal clear, including someone whose “normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948 and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.”

Depending on whose figures one accepts, between 600,000-700,000 former residents of British mandated Palestine left their homes in that period. That’s about the same number of Jews who were forced to leave neighboring Arab lands and move to Israel as their lives became untenable in their long established countries of residence.

According to the Center for Near East Policy Studies’ 2011 report ‘The Palestine Papers and the Right of Return’ UNRWA soon expanded the definition of a Palestine refugee to include “descendants of refugees.” Under that definition, there are around5.2 million Palestinian refugees spread across Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, around eight times the original number who left Palestine 67 years ago.

UNRWA supports a Palestinian “right of return,” meaning any or all of those 5.2 million people should have the right to move into Israel.

That result would create a demographic avalanche which would end Israel’s existence as a Jewish homeland.

“According to the UNHCR [United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNRWA’s parent organization], you lose your refugee status if you become a citizen of another country,” David Roet, Israel’s deputy UN ambassador, said in a speech to the UN last week. “But in the Palestinian case, this restriction does not apply. UNRWA – and UNRWA alone – allows refugees to pass their refugee status to their children and now grandchildren.”

UNRWA employs more than 10,000 people in Gaza, Roet added. “Where were they when Hamas stockpiled thousands of rockets, many of them in close vicinity to UNRWR facilities? It seems that while they are quick to condemn Israel, when it comes to reporting on Hamas, UNRWA’s employees become blind, deaf, and mute.”

In UNRWA schools, “Palestinian children are taught that the only solution to their plight is the so-called ‘claim of return.’ Many UNRWA facilities are decorated with keys symbolizing this claim of return. Young children are taught that these keys will one day open doors for them – but in truth these keys have them locked in a distorted reality. The ‘claim of return,’ make no mistake, is a euphemism for the destruction of the State of Israel.”

Roet’s comments came amid UN events marking UNRWA’s 65th anniversary and were in response to UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl’s assertion that Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East “face an existential crisis on many fronts.” Yet UNRWA appears to allow the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to dictate what will be taught in its schools even though, as a supposedly apolitical body, it holds veto power over classroom instruction.

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Refugees Who Want a Better Life- of Crime

An al-Shabab video called for attacks against the Mall of America, not far from a Somali refugee enclave. (ABC News)

An al-Shabab video called for attacks against the Mall of America, not far from a Somali refugee enclave. (ABC News)

Cherson and Molschky, by Rachel Molschky. March 17. 2015:

Refugees claim to want a better life, desperate to leave war-torn nations. Yet upon entering stable and peaceful countries, whether legally or illegally, instead of settling into that so-called “better life,” many transplant the violence to their new homes. While there are those who are truly seeking refuge, too many troublemakers are in the mix, generating a recurring theme of crime, violence, and even terrorism. And it’s everywhere.

The US legally welcomes tens of thousands of refugees each year. From 1999 to 2009, up to between 70,000 and 91,000 were allowed annually, and for 2015, the ceiling is 70,000. The Immigration Policy Center website explains that, “The United States resettles more refugees than any other country, and these refugees go on to contribute to our communities and our economy.”

Yes. Those wonderful “contributions.” The Syrian refugee program has been called a “back door for jihadists.” An FBI official has stated that picking out the terrorists hiding amongst the refugees on their way to America in the near future will be practically impossible. The same occurred with Iraqi “refugees,” despite more substantial intelligence than what exists in the Syrian situation. Dozens of Iraqi terrorists entered. They were not stealthily penetrating our borders but were warmly welcomed- legally.

The Iraqi “Refugees”

In the summer of 2011, two Iraqi refugees in Kentucky were arrested on terrorism charges. Cousins Waad Alwan and Mohanad Hammadi were among 56,000 Iraqis who were welcomed into America based on the premise that their lives were in danger.

A sniper and bomb maker in Iraq, Alwan said that his “lunch and dinner would be an American.” His fingerprint was found in 2005 on a roadside bomb intended for US troops and was entered into the Defense Department database. However, in 2009, when he came to the US, this database was not yet a part of the screening process. It is now, but that’s a little too late. There are already tens of thousands of refugees in the country who were able to avoid this security measure.

Of course the government would never have allowed this to happen if they had known. The issue is security and the lack thereof. How could this man, a sworn enemy who took pride in his hatred against America, find a loophole in the system and come in as a refugee?

Upon hearing the word “refugee,” what typically comes to mind are words like “victim,” “in need,” “desperate,” “persecuted,” etc. And we feel compassion for these poor people who need help. But what is the truth? How many Waad Alwan’s have taken advantage of our refugee program?

On the run in Iraq, Alwan, a self-proclaimed mujahid, came to America in the hopes of attaining a US passport, not out of pride to be an American, since he quite clearly hates Americans, but for the freedom to travel. “I didn’t come here for America. I came here to get a passport and go back to Turkey, Saudi or wherever I want,” Alwan allegedly said. This is a typical strategy that terrorists use.

Both he and Hammadi attacked Americans in their native Iraq. Hammadi participated in IED attacks and was even caught and arrested. But the story does not end there.

Within five months of arriving to the US, the FBI was already monitoring their suspicious behavior. In an undercover investigation, the two “refugees” agreed to help Al Qaeda by shipping weapons and money to them. Not just “some” weapons either. They loaded rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Kalashnikov PKM machine guns, sniper rifles, cases of inert C-4 explosives, two inert FIM-92A Stinger surface-to-air missiles and $100,000 cash into a truck, according to court documents. None of the weapons were ever shipped as it was part of the sting operation.

Both men pleaded guilty, Hammadi to 12 counts, 4 of which were aiding Al Qaeda in Iraq, and Alwan to 23 counts, including plotting to kill Americans overseas.

How many other Alwan’s and Hammadi’s are there who also entered the country before the problem was fixed? Have they all since been checked, all those tens of thousands of people?

Stewart Baker, who developed national security policy during the Bush years, agrees. “We need to go back and review the files of the people who’ve already been admitted here to make sure that we didn’t make mistakes at the time,” he says.

Apparently many of these Iraqi refugees are indeed under investigation, as FBI Director Robert Mueller reported to a House committee in February 2011. No other details were given as to just how many or who they were.

ISIS graffiti (frontpagemag.com)
ISIS graffiti. Do we really want this in America? (frontpagemag.com)

More Refugee Terrorists

Iraqi refugee Abdullatif Aldosary was a known terrorist and convicted felon who had been denied US citizenship for apparent “terrorist activity” before bombing a federal building in Arizona in 2012- yet he was a “refugee” who has also been charged with murder in a separate case.

Of course the Tsarnaev brothers were also refugees, as well as Mohamed Mohamud, a Somali  sentenced to 30 years in prison for his terror plot to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. The FBI was successful in catching Mohamud in a sting operation in which he thought he was being recruited by Al Qaeda.

Iraqi refugee Faleh al-Maleki ran over his daughter in Arizona with his car in an honor killing because she was too “Westernized.”

Abdinassir Mohamud Ibrahim is a Somali who had been granted refugee status based on a fraudulent application. He had claimed to be from one clan but was actually from another and was related to known terrorists. Furthermore, he was closely associated with a member of al-Shabab, and in February 2015, he was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to al-Shabab.

Ibrahim is not alone. Liban Haji Mohamed is also a Somali “refugee” and naturalized US citizen who is now on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List.

Somali refugee Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud was found guilty ofconspiring to help al-Shabab from inside the US.

Ali Abdi is yet another Somali refugee convicted of a crime. He had raped a 9 year-old girl in Vermont.

The Washington Times reports that among the more than 30,000 Somali refugees living in Minnesota, as well as Somali-Americans and American converts to Islam, there have been “numerous convictions for various levels of collaboration with Islamist terror groups, plus reports of fighting with al-Shabab or other Islamist groups.”

They are also taking advantage of the generous welfare programs the state has to offer.

Al-Shabab has support in America.
Al-Shabab has support in America.

Overall there are over 110,000 Somalis in the US, and the examples of those convicted of crimes are too many to include in one short article.

For a little perspective, these are the Refugee Numbers from 2010:

A total of 73,293 refugees arrived. This number reflects the applicants and all their dependents. Nearly 25% of those refugees arrived from Iraq. Nearly 23% from Burma; 17% from Bhutan; almost 7% from Somalia; 5% from Iran; almost 1% from Ethiopia; nearly 7% from Cuba; a little over 4% from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; a little over 3% from Eritrea; 1% from Vietnam; and the rest from various places.

That’s a lot of numbers. But what does it mean? Iraq, the biggest contributor of refugees to the US in 2010, is a Muslim majority country. In fact, nearly all Iraqis are Muslim. Most Somalis are Muslim as well, and same for Iranians. About a third of Ethiopians and a little over a third of Eritreans are also Muslim. It all boils down to this: as many as 40% of the refugees who enter the US each year follow the religion which is the very same religion over 90% of the terrorists in the world profess.

Additionally, of the 23% from Burma, some are Muslim. One example is Esar Met, who was convicted of raping and killing a 7 year-old Burmese Christian girl in Salt Lake City. The crime was so brutal, police described what they saw as “a horror scene.”

The Results

Immigration in general has allowed for more Muslims to relocate to the West. Pamela Geller reports that under President Obama, 300,000 Muslim immigrants came to the US in 2013. This is changing the face of the nation. Islam has now become the largest non-Christian religion in America.

This immigration, both legal and illegal, is like a tornado, leaving behind a path of devastation and spreading crime along the way.

In Israel, the illegal refugee problem in Tel Aviv has become so dire,two women are suing the state for not attending to the issue which has caused a severe increase in crime. Immigrants mainly from the Sudan and Eritrea have illegally made Israel their home, fleeing one danger zone, only to bestow their own danger onto peaceful Israeli citizens. Tens of thousands of African migrants in Tel Aviv have translated to crime, crime and more crime. And this is apart from Arab terrorists entering or attempting to enter Israel illegally with the goal of murdering Jews, a crime rewarded by Palestinian governments, as well as parts of the West, which tend to victimize the terrorists and demonize the actual victims.

In the UK, the Rotherham Pakistani Muslim child rape gang epidemic is responsible for the grooming and rape of an estimated 2000 young British girls. As Paul Wilkinson writes,Rotherham’s infamy includes at least one murder when 17 year-old Laura Wilson became Britain’s first white ‘honour killing’ victim, at least one suicide, one girl doused in petrol, families of victims threatened and approximately one hundred children born as a result of these rapes.” Out of political correctness, it had all been swept under the rug.

These Muslim rapists, often first or second generation immigrants, are accumulating victims all over the West.

Rapes, murders, terrorism, assaults, domestic violence and a slew of other crimes- but we are to have compassion for refugees and their “desperate” situations, while the true victims of Muslim terrorism- Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and other non-Muslims- are overlooked.

Perhaps the “better life” such refugees seek is really just a safer place for them to commit their violence.

There are true refugees in the world. Unfortunately, many who exemplify the definition of the term do not receive help. Instead, we bring over people who end up on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List.

Related Reading:

Obama’s America: Safe Haven for Terrorists

The West Supports Terrorism Against Israel Through UNRWA

European Anti-Semitism: Slandering Israel Is Self-Serving

The Treatment of Religious Minorities in Muslims Lands

Will the West Be Able to Drive the Islamic Jinn Back into the Bottle?

The Black Flag of Jihad

The Goal of Muslim Immigration According to Muhammad’s Teachings

German Police Chief on Violent Young Refugees

The EU Wants More Refugees

United Nations Relief Agency in Gaza Strip is a ‘branch of Hamas’

Religious Freedom Coalition, by Andrew Harrod (Exclusive)

In the Gaza Strip “UNRWA is effectively a branch of Hamas,” the Middle East Forum’s Alexander H. Joffe and Asaf Romirowskyrecently concluded concerning the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.  Weapons caches in UNRWA schools and other forms of UNRWA support for Hamas, though, are no surprise given documentation of how Palestinians abetted by the UN misuse refugees to attack Israel.

Rockets found in a UNRWA school in the Gaza Strip

Rockets found in a UNRWA school in the Gaza Strip

Founder of the Israel Resource News Agency, David Bedein has recently authored Roadblock to Peace:  How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict—UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, describing the uniquely dysfunctional treatment of Palestinian refugees throughout history.  Anywhere from 540,000 to over 750,000 Arabs lost their homes in what became Israel during its 1948 independence war.  For these people UNRWA originated as the “only UN organization dedicated to handling exactly one ethnic group of refugees” while theUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) handles all others.

Begun as a short-term mission on May 1, 1950, UNRWA’s existence has continued with successive three-year mandate renewals, the latest being last June 30.  UNRWA’s longevity derives from evolving definitions of “refugee,” never defined in UNRWA’s founding 1949 UN resolution, that count descendants through a refugee’s male line.  This includes some whose ancestors were nomadic Bedouins or who simply became indigent after losing their jobs in the new state of Israel.  The 1951 UN Refugee Convention’s definition, by contrast, is not inheritable, nor does it encompass individuals who obtain new citizenships, like the 2 million Palestinian “refugees” in Jordan who may attend both UNRWA and Jordanian schools.

Additionally, UNRWA’s 59 camps serve 1.1 million beneficiaries in the Gaza Strip, 688,700 in the “West Bank” territories of Judea and Samaria, including East Jerusalem, 496,000 in Syria, and 425,000 in Lebanon.  These 4.7 million UNRWA clients compare with 15.4 million refugees in UNHCR’s definition and 12 million stateless individuals.  Yet UNHCR counts 7,200 staff and a $3.32 billion budget compared to UNWRA’s 29,000 (99% local Palestinians) and $1.0037 billion budget.

Only an estimated one-third of 100 million 20th century refugees received any assistance, yet international aid helped encourage 962,000 people to register as refugees with UNRWA at its founding.  UNHCR usually expects host countries to provide refugee services, in contrast to UNWRA’s agencies, such that non-refugee Palestinians avail themselves of services in Gaza and Jerusalem camps largely indistinguishable from the surrounding cities.  Although overcrowded, UNWRA camps consist largely of stone-block buildings with modern utilities such as phone lines, sewage, water, and electricity.  Some camps even have luxury dwellings, such as those in Jenin with Italian marble and Spanish tiles.

Bedein condemns, though, that UNRWA “mandates the perpetuity of refugee squalor.”  Traditional refugee policy practiced by UNHCR focuses on refugee resettlement where return to lost homes is not possible or even permitted.  The 1949 Geneva Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War, meanwhile, do not recognize any refugee “right of return.”

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Defund the UNRWA

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The UNRWA is on the front lines of the Hamas War in Gaza. In the headlines, its schools are forever being fired on or found to be stockpiling rockets. If individual Gazans are being used as human shields, the UNRWA often seems as if it is one big organizational human shield.

But the UNRWA isn’t Hamas’ human shield. The UNRWA is Hamas.

The “UN” part of the UNRWA, the blue logos and symbols, fool us into thinking of it as an international humanitarian organization. But the UNRWA in Gaza functions as a large Palestinian Arab organization with a smattering of foreign supervisory staff.

And those foreign staffers often tend to leave during a conflict.

The UNRWA is not an international organization operating in the Middle East. Effectively it’s a local Arab Muslim organization funded and regulated internationally. Since the UNRWA classifies 80% of Gazans as “refugees”, it administers the biggest welfare state in the world on their behalf.

The UNRWA is the biggest employer in the West Bank and Gaza after the Palestinian Authority and the vast majority of its employees are “locally recruited”. Varying figures place the share of local employees at between 90 and 99 percent.

Even though there are more Arab Muslims living in the West Bank than in Gaza, there are more “official” refugees in Gaza, which means that more UNRWA funding and efforts are directed there. The UNRWA only runs 96 schools in the West Bank, but it runs 245 schools in Gaza. It employs less than 3,000 education staffers in the West Bank, but over 10,000 in Gaza.

Why does Hamas, which is obsessed with brainwashing the next generation into martyrdom, allow a foreign organization to run an educational system for 232,000 pupils?

It’s because in Gaza, Hamas and the UNRWA are the same thing.

The UNRWA’s Gaza staff has its own union. In the 2012 election, a pro-Hamas bloc won the support of most of the union with 25 out of 27 seats on a union board.

When there was talk of reforming the UNRWA by removing Hamas members from its ranks, the editor of a Hamas paper wrote that, “Laying off the agency employees because of their political affiliation means laying off all the employees of the aid agency, because…they are all members of the ‘resistance,’ in its various forms.”

The official word from Hamas was that it and the UNRWA are the same thing. The UNRWA’s vast majority of locally sourced Gazans are part of Hamas.

The UNRWA does not see that as a problem.

“I am sure that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll,” a former UNRWA Commissioner General said, “and I don’t see that as a crime.”

“Hamas as a political organization does not mean that every member is a militant, and we do not do political vetting and exclude people from one persuasion as against another,” he added.

Also if the UNRWA fired Hamas members from its Gaza staff, it would have no one left.

Hamas control over the UNRWA in Gaza is reflected in the schools which promote Islamic terrorism. UNRWA schools have become flashpoints in conflicts between Israel and Hamas because the UNRWA schools are Hamas bases of recruitment and operation.

The current accusations and counter-accusations over attacks on and from UNRWA schools are a reenactment of the same set of events taking place in 2009. Only the locations and the names have changed. The same headlines, “Israeli shelling kills dozens at UN school in Gaza,” and “Massacre of Innocents as UN school is shelled” are repeating all over again.

Then, as now, Hamas launched attacks on Israeli forces from around a UNRWA school. Then it turned out that the attack had happened outside the school and no one had actually died inside the school. Nothing has changed since then. The “massacres” in which Hamas terrorists using UNRWA schools as a base are killed pop up in every paper. The UNRWA repeats the same lies.

Then it “discovers” Hamas rockets in three of its schools. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg because every UNRWA school is a Hamas school.

The UNRWA has admitted that Hamas uses its schools to store rockets. It admits that it has Hamas members in its ranks. It admits that rockets have been fired “into Israel from the vicinity of UN facilities and residential areas.”

What it refuses to admit is that it should in any way be held accountable for functioning as an arm of a terrorist organization.

If an organization consists largely of Hamas members who use it pursue Hamas goals, then the organization is Hamas.

The UNRWA is Hamas.

Hamas use of the UNRWA as its public face is a war crime, but terrorists commit war crimes without a second thought. The UN and the UNRWA however are complicit in the war crime by allowing Hamas to go on exploiting the UN brand.

Hamas is listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. It’s against the law for the United States to fund it. By funding the UNRWA, the United States is paying Hamas and participating in its war crimes. Using civilian and humanitarian facilities for military purposes is a war crime. Using them to stage attacks against civilians by attackers out of uniform adds further crimes to the total.

The United States provided $130 million to the UNRWA in 2013. The UNRWA’s operations in Gaza would not be viable without that money.

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UNRWA : LORDS OF MISERY:

Uploaded on Feb 3, 2009 by Pierre Rehov:

According to UNRWA, a Palestinian ” refugee ” is someone who was living in the region of Palestine… two years before the state of Israël was born. This definition doesn’t fit with international law. The grand son of a “refugee”, born in another country, cannot be called “a refugee” himself. So, what is UNRWA’s interest making sure Palestinians are not resettled ? That may be the key to this middle east conflict !

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View this excellent slide show on the facts about UNWRA vs. UNHCR (thanks to Yona)

Also see: Definition of “Palestinian refugee” according to UNRWA – 2011 (shows how the wording of the definition has changed over the years)

Three Israeli Troops Killed in Booby-Trapped UN Clinic

UN-Rocket-Warehousing-Agency-Logo-large-300x150by IPT News:

Three Israeli soldiers were killed Wednesday when a tunnel opening they were investigating turned out to be booby-trapped. The tunnel opening was located under a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) clinic, the Times of Israel reports.

The deaths come a day after terrorist rockets were found inside a UNRWA school for the third time this month. The soldiers were in the clinic when the tunnel exploded and were killed when it collapsed. Another 15 soldiers were wounded.

Troops increasingly are encountering improvised explosive devices as they hunt for more Hamas tunnels, Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein told the newspaper. In a briefing, IDF officials said they destroyed four more tunnels in the past day, and are “days away” from eliminating the tunnel threat.

Meanwhile, the UNRWA reported Tuesday that it found Hamas rockets in one of its Gaza schools for the third time since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge began, theTimes of Israel reports. The agency is devoted to helping Palestinian refugees, yet their premises are consistently exploited for the purposes of Hamas’ terrorist operations.

“We condemn the group or groups who endangered civilians by placing these munitions in our school,” said UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness. “This is yet another flagrant violation of the neutrality of our premises. We call on all warring parties to respect the inviolability of UN property.”

Hamas was not mentioned explicitly in the statement.

A week earlier, the U.N. agency discovered roughly 20 rockets in one of its school during an inspection. The first discovery of rockets in a UN center came July 16.

A UNRWA spokesperson stated that the organization gave the rockets to “local authorities,” which answer to the Hamas-Palestinian Authority (PA) unity government led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

A senior Israeli official told the Times of Israel that the weapons were essentially returned to Hamas. “The rockets were passed onto the government authorities in Gaza, which is Hamas. In other words, UNRWA handed to Hamas rockets that could be shot at Israel.”

 

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