Beyond the Textbooks, a report by UN Watch, has exposed how UNRWA teachers incite Arab Palestinian children to antisemitism and terrorism, prompting the Australian Jewish Association (AJA) to call for the suspension of aid to UNRWA – for the second time in under four weeks.
The last time, it was over summer camps that encouraged hatred for jews and taught terrorist practices to children 10 – 16; this time it’s over teachers – 22 of them identified by name and activity – who blatantly violate UN rules, and a total of 113 who have been identified glorifying terrorism and /or posting antisemitic material.
Nahed Sharawi, UNRWA Gaza math teacher who shared a video of Adolf Hitler with inspirational quotes to “enrich and enlighten your thoughts and minds.”
Esraa Abedalraheem, UNRWA Syria English teacher who posted a Hamas propaganda video inciting children to deny Israel’s right to exist.
Husni Masri, UNRWA West Bank teacher who posted antisemitic conspiracy theories that Jews control the world, created the coronavirus and seek to destroy Islam.
Fatima Abu Mufreh, UNRWA Lebanon math teacher who endorses armed violence against Israel: “After today, nothing should speak other than the missiles of the resistance, the rifles of its jihad warriors…”
UNRWA engineer Shady Shehada celebrated the 1972 Munich Massacre. On the anniversary of that event, September 5, 2020, he posted images in which eight members of the Black September Palestinian terrorist group killed 11 Israeli Olympic athletes. Shady Shehada exalts the terrorist murder as “a glory that will last forever.”
“UN Watch has found that UNRWA has a very high tolerance for antisemitism. As summarized in the list of perpetrators published as Annex A of this report, UN Watch has exposed more than 100 UNRWA staff and school Facebook pages containing incitement to antisemitism and terrorism. These were revealed in six separate reports published between September 2015 and September 2019.7 Although UNRWA received our reports and is well aware of the problem, the agency continues to systematically employ schoolteachers, principals and other staffers who openly support terrorism and antisemitism,” says the report.
AJA President Dr David Adler said “After this game changing revelation of widescale racism and extremism amongst staff at UNRWA, which receives $10 million annually from Australia, the Federal Government can no longer feign ignorance. The problems are so systemic its staggering and Australian taxpayers would be outraged to know their hard-earned dollars are fuelling the middle east conflict. If this money was going to Nazi sympathisers in Germany or any other place, it would have ended and rightly so. This is no different. Hate is hate and Australia should not sully our international reputation.”
Founded in 1993, UN Watch is a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland that monitors the United Nations by the yardstick of its charter and protects human rights worldwide. www.unwatch.org