The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) launched an investigation into allegations by Israel that several of the agency’s employees were involved in the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel.
“The Israeli authorities have provided UNRWA with information about the alleged involvement of several UNRWA employees in the horrific attacks on Israel on October 7,” Philippe Lazzarini, the agency’s commissioner general, said in a statement on Friday. “To protect the agency’s ability to deliver humanitarian assistance, I have taken the decision to immediately terminate the contracts of these staff members and launch an investigation in order to establish the truth without delay.”
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I can only imagine what this means for the legitimacy of the UN if this proves factual.
It is certainly possible. The UN probably hires locals to fill out the lower ranks of the organization. MSF has also been active in Gaza. I would not be surprised if they hire locals for everything from litter carrier to MD. And what would these locals get up to, when on their own time, especially after seeing members of their family injured or killed, and their homes destroyed?
iirc, as of several weeks ago, the UN said some 79 of it’s staff in Gaza had been killed.
To your point, how could the UN, or MSF, be held personally accountable, for what low level staff do on their own time? It’s not like the UN, or MSF, is directing their “terrorist” activities, no matter how much someone with an agenda might try to make that connection.
Steve…no longer supports MSF, due to the potential of the organization being accused of “supporting terrorism” due to their work in conflict zones.
While we are on the topic of top management accountability for the actions of underlings, and the US defunding the UN agency…remember how many current and former members of the military and law enforcement were involved in the January 6 coup attempt? Would anyone advocate that DoD, and the connected law enforcement agencies be defunded, for the actions of a few whack underlings?
Law Enforcement and Military Involvement in the Insurrection Another notable finding from the report include that 18.5 percent of the 716 insurrectionists had a background in law enforcement or the military: 28 had a background in law enforcement while 105 had a military background. Among the felons, including the conspirators, there were 105 military members or veterans. Of the 105, 68 were charged as felons—21 charged with conspiracy. Of the 105 military-affiliated insurrectionists, 31 (or 29.5%) were part of groups, with 13 Proud Boys, 12 Oath Keepers, and six Three Percenters.
There were also 28 members or former members of law enforcement, of which 17 were charged with felonies —4 charged with conspiracy. Although 15 of these law enforcement insurrectionists were captured through tips, none were tips by family members.
Or US troops in Iraq, doing the “terrorist” think against unarmed Iraqi civilians? Remember the outrage, when a group of US soldiers were prosecuted for gunning down civilians? “How dare they prosecute our boys” screamed Fox Noise. No-one suggested defunding DoD for what the soldiers did.
They have identified 12 people as having participated (although charges have not been filed). The UN has over 13,000 people helping distribute food and supplies there, so that works out to, um, 0.09% who have been accused.
Somehow 1) I’m not surprised, given the need for local people to help with distribution throughout the region, and 2) the sympathies of local people over their treatment across the years.
It is a diplomatic chip to force Hamas into a hostage release and ceasefire for at least two months to see if it sticks. I doubt it will. But hey. By popular demand, we have to redetermine who is guilty. Like Hamas will ever settle down and make a decent deal with Jews or nonreligious Muslims for that matter.