Not only are the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinian the only 'refugees' ever accorded that status by the UN after 4 generations, they are also the only refugees ever given their very own organization to cater to their needs, the United Nations Works Relief Administration (UNRWA). All other refugees, no matter how dire their situation are lumped together and dealt with by the UN High Commission on Refugees, UNHCR.
And of course some refugees, like the almost 1 miilion Jews ethnically cleansed by the Arab world after 1948 and arrived in Israel with, perhaps, the clothes on their backs were never given refugee status at all, let alone any aid. Funny how that works.
UNRWA has been caught in a number of instances not adhering to its own rules of operation. Teachers hired from Fatah and even Hamas have been caught propagandizing children to hate Israel, and staff members have been caught using UN facilities and supplies in support of terrorist activities.
This is hardly surprising, since unlike UNHCR, UNRWA hires a large amount of locals and makes a point of not testing them for any terrorist ties to groups like, say, Hamas or Islamic Jihad. In fact one Gaza school headmaster employed by UNRWA was also an explosives experts for Islamic Jihad and remained on the payroll even after Israel exposed this to UNRWA.
UNRWA staff have been caught transporting weapons and explosives in UNRWA vehicles, fighting in jihadist organizations. During Operation Cast Lead in 2009, UNRWA rejected an IDF investigation without reviwing it that presented evidence that Hamas terrorists were firing mortars at Israeli troops from inside the Jabalya school in Gaza, which caused the death of several civilians inside the school Hamas was using as human shields.
But this time, UNRWA got caught red handed, as IDF forensic intelligence left them no choice . The Tower reports:
Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.
Immediately after discovery, the Agency informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA has launched a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.The statement isn't clear if the "relevant parties" are the same as the "group responsible" violating UNRWA's property.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that though UNRWA didn't identify the guilty party, the discovery effectively confirms Israeli charges of Hamas involvement.
Israel regularly accuses Hamas and other Gaza militants of using civilian installations to store and launch rockets, including during the current conflict that began on July 8.
Patrick Martin, a reporter for the Globe and Mail, reported yesterday that as he left a UNRWA school that was housing refugees, rockets were fired nearby.
Heading toward the exit, we were overwhelmed by the jet-like sound of two rockets being launched from somewhere near the school. Hamas, or some or militant group, clearly is hoping the Israelis won’t strike at the launchers, which are kept underground until the moment of firing, because they’re close to the school and so many refugees.
As the Hamas-made missiles screamed off into the sky, leaving a white vapour trail, the kids all cheered. One older boy of maybe 12, shouted in Arabic “They’re R160s,” named for the late Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi who was assassinated by Israel in 2004. These are the big, long-range rockets usually reserved for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or the airport in between.
Of course, the back story on something like this, the reality that's never mentioned is that UNWRA has to support Hamas,Fatah and Islamic Jihad, even if they actually were neutral, which of course they're not. Aside from the fact that the Palestinians are capable of killing them outright if they get in the way, the people whom work for UNRWA are a group of highly paid UN bureaucrats with only one function, the perpetuation of Palestinian 'refugee' status. End that refugee status and they're unemployed.
This story was written with the assistance of The Tower staff writers.