UNRWA employees suspended for allegedly inciting violence against Israelis

Published October 23rd, 2015 - 02:38 GMT

The United Nations suspended several UNRWA employees after UN Watch exposed that they were inciting violence against Israelis and Jews on social media. 

The suspensions came after UN Watch published a report giving ten specific examples of UNRWA employees calling for violence publicly on Facebook. 

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness recently railed out against UN Watch's allegations, claiming they were making "baseless allegations about anti-semitism" and appealed to journalists to ignore the report.

But UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday announced that the UNRWA staff members inciting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel violence on Facebook "have been subject to both remedial and disciplinary action, including suspension and loss of pay." 

He noted that UNRWA worked with a legal team at Facebook to remove 90 pages of those who falsely claimed to be current UNRWA employees and published violent anti-Semitic posts.

In August, a UNRWA school was caught posting cartoons inciting violent vehicular attacks against Jews. At the time, the UN was informed of this posting but the organization claimed that the page was a fraudulent one.

This story has been edited from the source material.


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