UNRWA Employees Flee Death Threats in Gaza

Oct. 29 2018

Last month, Israel briefly opened the Erez Crossing that leads into Israel from Gaza—which had been temporarily closed for the holiday of Sukkot—to allow employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to leave. The emergency evacuation was necessary because these non-Palestinian staffers had been receiving death threats ever since the U.S. withdrew its funding for the organization. Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky explain:

The majority of [UNRWA’s] approximately 30,000 employees are Palestinian. The few hundred others employed by the agency are overwhelmingly pro-Palestinian. It is rare that any employee has dared to break the code of silence regarding UNRWA’s alleged indispensability or its internal affairs. It is a demonstration of where the power lies that international employees have become the pawns that can be sacrificed.

To UNRWA’s Palestinian employees, their foreign coworkers are somehow representatives of the international system. The U.S., under this system, is simultaneously hated and expected to provide funding in perpetuity. . . .

UNRWA’s international employees, who were threatened by their local counterparts, were not going to speak publicly about its frequent hiring of terrorists and about Hamas’s use of UNRWA facilities. But they were driven out anyway, apparently because they had failed in their primary task: to ensure the continued flow of funds.

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Understanding the Background of the White House Ruling on Anti-Semitism and the Civil Rights Act

Dec. 13 2019

On Wednesday, the president signed an executive order allowing federal officials to extend the protections of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to Jews. (The order, promptly condemned for classifying Jews as a separate nationality, did nothing of the sort.) In 2010, Kenneth Marcus called for precisely such a ruling in the pages of Commentary, citing in particular the Department of Education’s lax response to a series of incidents at the University of California at Irvine, where, among much elase, Jewish property was vandalized and Jewish students were pelted with rocks, called “dirty Jew” and other epithets, and were told, “Jewish students are the plague of mankind.”

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