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UNRWA Cannot Fathom Why Israelis Don’t Want to be Murdered

June 23, 2013 8:20 pm 4 comments

UNRWA logo. Photo: UNRWA.

UNRWA published a story and video on its website about how they help a Gaza man survive after the evil Israelis took his job away with their awful blockade of Gaza:

When Iyad Farahat was 7 years old, his father died. Like many Palestine refugee children growing up in difficult circumstances, he was soon forced to leave school. At 19, Iyad entered the textile industry, and quickly opened a small sewing factory in Rafah. By 1996, at 32, he was able to move his business to the Karni Industrial Zone in northern Gaza, where he had 50 sewing machines and around 60 employees.

For over ten years, the business was successful. He cultivated a strong relationship with a partner in Israel, who worked with him to export textiles to Israel and the United States. Iyad and his wife, Aida, raised three boys, and used their success to help their community. Iyad joined the Sultan Club, which supports youth sport programmes and activities.

Blockade brings misery

In 2004, however, everything began to change. Restrictions on export from Gaza increased; movement within the Strip became more difficult because of checkpoints established around Israeli settlements. When his partner in Israel went bankrupt because of delays and penalties incurred on contracts, Iyad struggled to pay his workers; soon, he was bouncing checks.

By 2006, with the blockade on Gaza in full effect and export stopped completely, he was forced to liquidate his assets to pay his employees.

How dare the Israelis close the crossings that Farahat relied on for his livelihood!

It isn’t as if there were any terror attacks at the Karni Industrial Zone and crossing, right?

Apr 15, 2003 – Zachar Rahamin Hanukayev, 39, of Sderot and Ahmed Salah Kara, 20, of Shuafat in northern Jerusalem were killed and four Israelis were wounded when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire at the Karni industrial zone crossing in the Gaza Strip. The gunman was killed by security personnel. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mar 14, 2004 – Ten people were killed and 16 wounded in a double suicide bombing at Ashdod Port. The terrorists infiltrated into Israel from the Gaza Strip via the Karni Crossing while hidden in a double cell wall installed in a cargo container departing the Gaza Strip to Israel. Hamas and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dec 7, 2004 – St.-Sgt. Nadav Kudinsky, 20, of Kiryat Gat of the Oketz canine unit was killed by a bomb, along with his dog, when a booby-trapped chicken coup exploded northwest of the Karni Corssing in the Gaza Strip. Four soldiers were wounded in the exchange of fire while evacuating him. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jan 13, 2005 – Six Israeli civilians were murdered and five Israeli civilians were wounded in a combined terrorist attack carried out in the compound of the Karni Crossing. Three terrorists infiltrated into the compound via a hole which was created in a wall after the terrorists activated an explosive device which was placed next to a door at the Palestinian side of the crossing. The civilians were killed as result of the explosion, and after the terrorists hurled grenades and opened fire at the civilians working at Karni. Hamas and the Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed joint responsiblity for the attack.

Apr 26, 2006 – An attempted bombing attack on the Karni crossing was carried out by the Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip under the direction of Hamas.

May 5, 2008 – Two mortar bombs land on the Karni Crossing and one on the Erez Crossing

Did UNRWA ever, even once, condemn Hamas or Fatah for their terror attacks that caused Israel to close the Erez and Karni industrial zones and crossings to save lives?

No*. To this UN agency, only Israel is wrong. To this UN agency, Israeli lives are worthless and Palestinian Arab convenience is far more important.

Context? Background? The worthless, morally depraved UNRWA only cares about such things when it helps make Israel look bad.

*I found a single passing condemnation of “rockets” buried inside a UNRWA document, and one or two quotes on the UNRWA website of the UN secretary general condemning rocket attacks in general, but no condemnations that mention any actual terror groups by name.

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  • jeudi 21 août 2003
    >The Refugee
    >Curse – Daniel Pipes (New York Post)
    > * How do Palestinian refugees differ from the other 135 million
    > 20th-century refugees? In every other instance, refugees either
    > resettled, returned home, or died. Their children – whether living in
    > South Korea, Vietnam, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, Germany, or America –
    > then shed the refugee status and joined the mainstream.
    > * The UN High Commission for Refugees defines “refugee” as someone
    > who, “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted…is outside the
    > country of his nationality.” Cubans who flee the Castro regime are
    > refugees, but not so their Florida-born children who lack Cuban
    > nationality. Afghans who flee their homeland are refugees, but not their
    > Iranian-born children.
    > * The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an organization set up
    > uniquely for Palestinian refugees in 1949, defines Palestinian refugees
    > differently from all other refugees and considers the children of just
    > one Palestinian refugee parent to be refugees. The High Commission’s
    > definition causes refugee populations to vanish over time; UNRWA’s causes
    > them to expand without limit.
    > * The High Commission definition would, according to a demographer,
    > apply to about 200,000 of those 1948 refugees who remain living today, a
    > total less than 5% of the 4.25 million refugees by the UNRWA definition.
    > By international standards, those other 95% are not refugees at all and
    > who never fled anywhere.
    > * It’s high time to help these generations of non-refugees escape
    > refugee status so they can become citizens, assume self-responsibility,
    > and build for the future. Best for them would be for UNRWA to close its
    > doors and transfer its responsibilities to the UN High Commission, as
    > called for by Rep. Tom Lantos. Other Western governments should join with
    > Washington to solve the Palestinian refugee problem by withholding
    > authorization for UNRWA when it next comes up for renewal in June 2005.

  • This is a picture perfect example of the institutional anti-semitism entrenched in the UN, or “legalized anti-semitism”, masking itself under the banner of human rights, under the cover of the UN institution. This is occurs time and again at the UN Human Rights Council, which repeatedly singles out Israel for condemnation, while ignoring a host of other, far worse, human rights violations by its various members.

    The UNRWA needs to be forcefully called out on this, as does its parent organization ,the UN.

  • Fredric M. London

    I would love to say this is a surprise. Unfortunately, the UN has long been controlled (at US expense) by terrorist sympathizers. No crime against a Jew, no matter how heinous, can be acknowledged. No crime, no matter how much of a fabrication it is, attributed to Israel can go without universal condemnation, and reckless bigoted remarks glorified.

  • Yet another story about hatred and its consequences. Cause and effect with Israel a living laboratory.

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