August 03, 2021

Report - Over 100 UNRWA teachers celebrate deaths of Israelis

The UN agency that runs schools and social services for Palestinians is facing calls to fire employees using social media to celebrate attacks on Israelis and promote anti-Jewish hatred.

Over 100 UNRWA educators and staff have publicly promoted violence and antisemitism on social media, according to a new report published by the non-governmental organization UN Watch, an independent human rights group based in Geneva.

The report, entitled “Beyond the Textbooks,” uncovers 22 recent cases of UNRWA staff incitement which clearly violate the agency’s own rules as well as its proclaimed values of zero tolerance for racism, discrimination or antisemitism. UN Watch is calling on the agency’s major funders, including the U.S., Germany, the UK and the European Union, to hold UNRWA accountable to its own standards and commitments.

As revealed in the report, UNRWA staff stationed in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan have publicly incited antisemitism and terrorism. Among the educators who have used their personal social media channels for such propaganda are UNRWA Gaza math teacher Nahed Sharawi, who shared a video of Adolf Hitler with inspirational quotes to “enrich and enlighten your thoughts and minds.” Husni Masri, an UNRWA teacher in the West Bank, posted antisemitic conspiracy theories according to which Jews control the world, created the coronavirus and seek to destroy Islam.

UN Watch’s report lists a total of 113 cases that it managed to capture from UNRWA employees’ public pages alone, all celebrating and promoting violence, even among young children. The watchdog group only examined a sample of Facebook users who publicly identified themselves as UNRWA employees, and estimates that the actual number of UNRWA staff who incite violence and hatred includes many more of the agency’s 30,000 staff.

UN Watch further reveals that despite its numerous prior requests and submission of detailed evidence, UNRWA has failed to fire teachers who incite to racism and terrorism, nor has it taken any other meaningful action. UNRWA should therefore be considered complicit in its staff members’ misconduct, says UN Watch.

UN Watch Director, Hillel Neuer: “Around the world, educators who incite hate and violence are removed, yet UNRWA, despite proclaiming zero tolerance for incitement, knowingly and systematically employs purveyors of terror and anti-Jewish hate.

“We call on the governments that fund UNWRA to take action to stop the vicious cycle of generations being taught to hate and violently attack Jews. We demand that UNRWA address the core problem, and demonstrate its genuine commitment to basic norms of education in its schools, by publicly condemning UNWRA employees who incite terrorism and antisemitism, removing them from their positions, and creating an independent and impartial investigation of all of its staff.”


Among UNWRA teachers and staff exposed in the report are the following:
  1. Nahed Sharawi, Math Teacher at UNRWA, Posts Hitler Video
  2. Ibrahim Sabbagh (Abu Khalil), UNRWA Teacher in Syria, Incites Violence & Rejects Israel’s Right to Exist
  3. Shady Shehada, Project Engineer at UNRWA in Gaza, Celebrates Munich Massacre of Israeli Olympic Athletes
  4. Ahmad Almasri, UNRWA Laboratory Worker, Praises Terrorist & Erases Israel From the Map
  5. Sarah Mousa, UNRWA Intern Engineer, Glorifies Terrorists
  6. Saeed Khalaf Abu Freh, Math Teacher at UNRWA in Jordan, Incites Terrorism
  7. Maya Mahahi, UNRWA English Teacher, Glorifies Terrorism
  8. Abdul Salam Muhammad Alimat(Abu Alim), Arabic Teacher at UNRWA, Advocates Violence & Antisemitism
  9. “Allah the Helper”, UNRWA Employee, Endorses Violence
  10. Abu Arafa Abu Sorour, UNRWA Employee, Posts Antisemitic Video
  11. Hossam Ahmed, UNRWA Employee, Justifies Nazi Murder of Jews
  12. Mohammad Atiyea, Instructor at UNRWA, Commemorates Palestinian Murderers of Jews
  13. Ayat Said, UNRWA Web Developer, Glorifies 1929 Anti-Jewish Attacks
  14. Esraa Abedalraheem, UNRWA English Teacher, Posts Content Teaching Children That Israel Has No Right to Exist
  15. Husni Masri, UNRWA Teacher in West Bank, Peddles Conspiracy That Jews Created COVID-19
  16. Nidal Krayyem, English Teacher at UNRWA, Rejects Israel and Advocates Violence
  17. Fatima Abu Mufreh, Math Teacher at UNRWA, Promotes Terrorism Against Israel
  18. Fahed Momo, UNRWA Administrative Assistant, Quotes Hitler & Denies Israel’s Right to Exist
  19. Mohammed M. Alhourani, Head of Health Center at UNRWA, Promotes Antisemitism
  20. Akram Ayoub, UNRWA Project Assistant, Celebrates Murderer
  21. Nadim Elhaj, UNRWA Employee, Promotes Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories
  22. Awad Abedallah, UNRWA School Principal and Teacher, Posts Map Eliminating Israel

Source: unwatch