What would you call an organisation that:

  • Has terrorists who participated in one of the worst massacres of Jews in nearly a century on its payroll;
  • Has been found to have extensive terrorist infrastructure on most of its properties;
  • Lets armed terrorists wander freely in its compounds; and,
  • Runs schools which have for years been known to spread terrorist ideology to even the youngest children?

You’d call it a terrorist organisation.

A bill to designate UNRWA a terrorist organization, proposed by Israel Beytenu MK Yulia Malinovsky, passed a preliminary reading with a 42-6 majority in the Knesset on Wednesday. The same bill will abolish immunities and privileges for UNRWA employees.

If the bill passes the final reading, it will mean that the Anti-Terrorism Law will also apply to UNRWA. Israel will subsequently cease all ties with the agency, and the organization’s assets in Israeli territory will be closed.

Oddly, from the get-go, the UN sought to exclude its agency from consequences.

In 1947, the United Nations Privileges and Immunities Ordinance established by decree that the UN and its officials should enjoy certain immunities and privileges. These include immunity from legal action; exemption from or discount on taxes and local taxes; exemption from import or export bans; and exemption from income tax, among others.

Gosh, I wonder why they wanted immunity from legal action?

The ruling comes in light of significant incriminating evidence pointing to UNRWA’s affiliation with, and complicity in, Hamas’ crimes.

This includes the discovery of Hamas tunnels underneath UNRWA schools and findings that UNRWA employees collaborated with Hamas on October 7 […]

According to estimates published on January 29, 2024, in the Wall Street Journal, 10% of UNRWA employees are connected to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, out of a total of 12,000 employees.

“Six United Nations Relief and Works Agency workers were part of the wave of Palestinian militants who killed 1,200 people in the deadliest assault on Jews since the Holocaust,” reported the WSJ. “Two helped kidnap Israelis. Two others were tracked to sites where scores of Israeli civilians were shot and killed. Others coordinated logistics for the assault, including procuring weapons.”

Then there are the “schools” which are little more than terrorist recruiting centres.

According to its website, UNRWA is responsible for 291,100 students in Gaza and employs 9,443 staff in its schools.

And just what do they teach little Palestinian tykes?

A joint report, presented in March to the US Congress by UN Watch and The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) […] gives evidence of UNRWA teachers inciting violence against Jews, such as in tweets glorifying Hamas.It also goes into extensive detail about UNRWA school textbooks and materials that contained incitement to terrorism, the glorification of martyrdom, or the denial of Israel’s existence.

One example, from a 9th-grade reading-comprehension exercise in Arabic, contains a story about a Palestinian firebombing attack on a Jewish bus near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The text celebrates the attack, calling it a “barbecue party.”

Another example features a 9th-grade social studies question, “Why do Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank suffer from numerous deadly diseases such as cancer?” The answer is, “because the Occupation turns vast areas of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank into landfills for its toxic wastes.”

What’s this disgusting terrorist organisation’s only defence for itself? “Hey, we could always be worse.”

Adnan Abu Hasnah, a spokesperson for UNRWA, responded to the news, saying, “Israel must know that if we are not in Gaza, there will be someone else who will be more extreme,” and that UNRWA was the “only moderate thing” in Gaza.

The Jerusalem Post

Well, I guess, “Kill all Jews!” is what passes for “moderate” in Gaza.

Naturally, other anti-Semites are up in arms.

Qatar has condemned Israel’s move to classify the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees as a terrorist organization, the Qatar News Agency reported on Sunday […]

[Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs] reaffirmed Qatar’s unwavering support for UNRWA […]

Saudi Arabia and Jordan issued similar condemnations on Saturday.

Arab News

Which says all we need to know, really.

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