United Nations



In 1949, the United Nations established the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, to help with the Palestinian refugee issue. The establishment of UNRWA was supported by both Israel and the Arab states.

UNRWA was supposed to provide temporary solution. Instead, it became a permanent agency. 

The majority of refugees living in UNRWA refugee camps live within Palestinian territory, under Palestinian governance. While internal displacement is certainly a thing, this displacement happened 75 years ago. There is absolutely no reason why these refugees should still be held in refugee camps. 

Per the UNRWA website, “UNRWA does not have a mandate to resettle Palestine refugees and has no authority to seek lasting durable solutions for refugees.”

Read that again: UNRWA has no authority to seek lasting solutions for Palestinian refugees. Why does a United Nations refugee agency not help refugees with solutions, whether the solution ends up being repatriation or resettlement? Isn’t the point of a refugee agency to…help refugees?

According to a 2009 Washington Institute for Near East Policy report, UNRWA workers, the majority of whom are Palestinian, fear a permanent peace agreement and the dissolution of UNRWA, as UNRWA pays its employees, unlike the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, which are known to withhold wages from their workers. In other words, UNRWA has a major economic incentive to maintain the Palestinian refugee crisis, rather than alleviate it. In 2008, UNRWA itself claimed that it is “dedicated to blocking resettlement,” as reported by Global Research in International Affairs. In the early 1980s, when Israel attempted to resettle refugee in Gaza into permanent housing within the Strip, some UNRWA employees allegedly told refugees to resist because permanent resettlement (even within Gaza itself) would mean that they would lose their “right of return.”



According to a joint 100 page United Nations Watch and Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) report, UNRWA textbooks “contain material that encourages jihad, violence and martyrdom, promotes antisemitism, and promotes hate, intolerance, and lack of neutrality.”

Some of its educational literature, for example, depicts Jews as “inherently treacherous, and hostile to Islam and Muslims.” A grammar exercise implies Jews are impure, defiling Al Aqsa Mosque (in reality, Jews are not even permitted to enter Al Aqsa Mosque). A poem describes murdering Israelis as a “hobby.” 

In 2020, the European Parliament condemned the Palestinian Authority for continuing to incite violence and hatred in its educational material. UNRWA claimed to have removed the problematic material from its textbooks, but a 2022 report found that it had merely been removed from its English language online portal. 

In 2009, a dispute erupted between Hamas and UNRWA because Hamas claimed UNRWA schools were teaching about the Holocaust, which they stated was “a lie the Zionists made up.” Instead of condemning Hamas, UNRWA appeased it instead, stating that their curriculums do not include the Holocaust. 

UNRWA educators frequently post antisemitic conspiracies and even admiration for Hitler on their social media platforms. 

Many UNRWA staffers -- including school teachers -- openly praised the October 7 Hamas massacre.




Hamas was voted into power in Gaza in 2006, following Israel’s disengagement from the Strip. Soon after, in 2007, Hamas destroyed all of its opposition in a bloody coup. 

UNRWA received about 16.5 billion in aid from 1994-2017 plus another 8.5 billion in aid from Arab states between 1994-2020. UNRWA workers, usually associated with Hamas, have been caught diverting aid intended for Palestinian refugees various times, both by Israel and by the United Nations itself. For example: in February of 2009, the United Nations stopped funneling aid into Gaza after it discovered that Hamas had stolen aid twice in the same week, comprising of thousands of tons of food and other provisions. 

In 2022, Israel accused a Gaza aid worker of diverting about 50 million dollars worth of UNRWA donations to Hamas. A court upheld the ruling, though various human rights organizations accused Israel of a “miscarriage of justice.”

UNRWA itself claims that it is mandated to be apolitical, but in reality, it seems to violate this mandate at every turn. 

First, its school textbooks openly promote political violence. Second, UNRWA facilities, including schools, have repeatedly been caught storing weapons. For example, UNRWA admitted weapons had been stored at their facilities in July of 2014. Hamas tunnels have repeatedly been found under UNRWA schools. In January of 2021, for instance, UNRWA claimed that it had “discovered a cavity and a possible tunnel 7.5 meters beneath a school.” A similar discovery was made that December. Hamas has even fired missiles from UNRWA schools, which is a double war crime. UNRWA has admitted as such at various points, such as in April of 2015. 



A released Israeli hostage testified that they had been held locked away in the attic of a United Nations teacher for over 50 days. They were not provided any medical attention and were barely provided any food. 

Instead of immediately investigating the allegation, the United Nations claimed the accusation was “unsubstantiated.” 

Fortunately, the community notes on X came through. 




For almost two months, the United Nations refused to condemn the gang rape of Israeli women, men, and girls on October 7. Then, immediately after the released hostage testified that they were kept captive in a UN worker’s house, the United Nations finally decided to make a statement. 



It’s not just the released hostage’s testimony. Early during the war, Hamas itself released footage of an Israeli hostage bound and laying on top of UNRWA aid. 

The IDF — and if you don’t want to believe them, that’s fine, because all the other independently verified evidence against the United Nations is already so damning — has found weapons at United Nations facilities. An UNRWA badge was found next to a Hamas vest. Dozens of rockets were found under UNRWA boxes. The list is endless. 

The United Nation’s response? The United Nations Secretary General decided to invoke Article 99 to call for an immediate ceasefire for the first time since 1989. There have been at least nine recognized genocides since 1989. There are 110 armed conflicts in the world right now, the majority of them exponentially deadlier than this one. This is a deflection from the fact that the United Nations has been aiding and abetting Hamas. 

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