Hamas Refusing to Buy Polio, Other Vaccines – and UNRWA Doesn’t Care

May 15, 2014 11:56 am 9 comments

On Sept. 5, 2011. Palestinian boys raise their hands during one of the first classes of the new academic year, at a school in Gaza supported by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan.

UNRWA released a statement  to several Arabic newspapers warning of a serious health crisis on the horizon in Gaza.

There is a severe shortage of vaccines in Gaza, and those for polio, the mumps, rubella, and meningitis have been completely depleted, while those for tetanus and whooping cough are dangerously low.

UNRWA warned that polio is starting to spread again in the Middle East because of the Syrian war.

As of this writing, this statement is not found at UNRWA’s website. Their Twitter account only links to an Al Jazeera Arabic version of the story – a story that implies that Israel is responsible for the shortage, as it reports this story together with the launch of a “Popular Committee Against the Siege on Gaza.” Even that is only mentioned in Arabic.

Why is UNRWA so reluctant to publicize this story of an impending heath catastrophe in English?

Perhaps their statement to Ma’an sheds some light.

In that statement, the UNRWA spokesperson Abu Hasna says that the responsibility of purchasing vaccines rests with the Gaza Ministry of Health and that UNRWA has warned them about this looming crisis for months.

Israel does not, and never has, restricted vaccines into Gaza. The Al Jazeera story, and the reporting of other Arabic media outlets, imply that this is part of the “siege”  - but they are lying.

The looming health crisis is purely the result of Hamas either not caring about the health of people under its control, or a cynical purposeful creation of an epidemic by Hamas to make Israel look bad. That is not so far fetched, as Hamas has done exactly that by refusing imports of fuel to Gaza even when Israel was willing to provide it.

UNRWA, always eager to blame Israel for all problems, does not want to publicly say anything bad about Hamas. So instead of publicly shaming Hamas for refusing to allow life-saving vaccines to enter Gaza, UNRWA only discreetly planted stories about the issue in Arabic media and downplayed the reasons for the crisis, hoping that Hamas will take the hint without UNRWA having to go public to the West.

How much can UNRWA really care about the “refugees” when they are so reluctant to publicize how badly they are being treated by their Arab leaders?

Meanwhile, Israel has approved some 26 construction projects into Gaza, including 12 for UNRWA.

That isn’t on their website either, because this is another story that doesn’t fit UNRWA’s anti-Israel agenda – an agenda that clearly trumps its mission.

(Similarly, I have not yet found this story on any of the usual “pro-Palestinian” websites.)

9 Comments

  • “Why should we care?”

    Do you believe the west-to-east winds that drive most storms across the U.S.A are restricted to the U.S.A.?

    Won’t winds blow germs west-to-east, Gaza to Israel?

    Can you spell “P – l – a – g – u – e?”

    Can you spell “C – o – n – t – a – g – i – o – n ?”

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

    Don’t know? Don’t want to know? Don’t care?

    Do you ever wonder what kind of garbage public schools fill our kids’ heads with nowadays?

    Facing a mirror, ask “What kind of garbage did teachers fill MY head with when I went to school?”

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/494799._Dumbth_

    • WE MUST CARE AND WE MUST LOUDLY CALL UPON UNRWA TO INSIST THAT THE POLIO VACCINE IS PURCHASED AND ADMINISTERED.

      IF UNRWA, HAMAS AND TEH PALESTINIANS DON’T COOPERATE THEN WE MUST CLOSE THE BORDER TO ALL BECAUSE OUR ISRAELI CHILDREN AND OTHERS SHOULD NOT BE EXPOSED TO A PREVATABLE DISEASE.

  • Hamas may be right. It was Jew ( Salk ) who created the vaccine that almost eradicated Polio in the world except in some Islamic countries where it would be anathema to use these vaccines invented by Jews. Mashall sent his grandchild to Israel for assured medical treatment but cares little for the rest of his underlings. You can always blame Israel.

  • Bart A, Charta

    Maybe Hamas isn’t blaming only Israel but all the Jews by refusing to use something invented/developed by Jews: the polio vaccines of Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin. If so, I wish them all the luck in the world.

    And while they’re at it, maybe they should stop using ANYTHING and EVERYTHING ever invented or developed by Jews.
    Ain’t Allah Akbar????

  • Hamas clearly hopes that if their own people get polio, rubella etc the diseases will spread.A brutal primitive form of biological warfare that shows how hamas doesn’t care about its people

  • If UNRWA doesn’t care, why the hell should we. (Especially after reading Algemeiner’s report that 93% of Palestinians hold anti-semitic views.)

    • even more to the point, why the hell should we PAY? without US funding, UNRWA (and the UN in general) wouldn’t be able to continue their anti-western, anti-Israel, anti-Judeo-Christian activities. no great loss IMHO.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      BINGO!

  • Hamas has it all sown up. The leaders look after themselves while living in fine seaside villas. No doubt, they and their children have been vaccinated against polio but as for the rest of the population, let them die from it. We will have yet another excuse to blame Israel for our own failures and dishonesty. Always the same from those people, corruption and lies.

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