UNRWA staffers suspended for inciting violence against Jews

The Facebook post by an UNRWA staffer that included a call to "stab Zionist dogs." Credit: UN Watch.

(JNS.org) Several United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) employees have been suspended for inciting violence and anti-Semitism.

“UNRWA condemns and will not tolerate anti-Semitism or racism in any form,” Farhan Haq, the U.N. secretary-general’s deputy spokesman, said in a press conference.  

The suspension comes after two revelations by the watchdog group UN Watch documenting at least 22 UNRWA employees inciting anti-Semitic violence. This included UNRWA staff members, such as school teachers and principals, inciting Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks against Israeli Jews on social media, with one staffer issuing a call on Facebook to “stab Zionist dogs.”

According to Haq, the U.N. has been working closely with Facebook’s legal team on the removal of “more than 90 impostor or unauthorized Facebook pages” that were inciting violence and anti-Semitism. 

“The Agency has found staff Facebook postings to be in violation of its social media rules,” Haq said. “These postings have been removed and the staff have been subject to both remedial and disciplinary action, including suspension and loss of pay.”

In an October report, UN Watch featured the Facebook page of Hiba Miari, an UNRWA teacher who posted a cartoon of a masked Palestinian playing music on a violin made of a giant knife. Another revelation by UN Watch featured an UNRWA teacher, Um Karam, posting a video of Islamic preacher Sheikh Abu Rajab pulling out a knife and exhorting Palestinians to murder Jews in the name of Islam. 

Posted on October 23, 2015 .