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January 10, 2023
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WASHINGTON – Today, shocking evidence emerged of teachers working for the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) celebrating the barbaric, gruesome acts committed by Hamas terrorists during the October 7th massacre. In a 3,000-person Telegram group of UN-affiliated educators intended to facilitate their work, soon after the October 7th massacre began, the teachers started “praising the murderers and rapists as ‘heroes,’ glorifying the ‘education’ the terrorists received, gleefully sharing photos of dead or captured Israelis and urging the execution of hostages,” according to a new report by UN Watch.
- A Telegram group of 3,000 UNRWA teachers in Gaza is replete with posts celebrating the Hamas massacre of October 7th minutes after it began, praising the murderers and rapists as “heroes,” glorifying the “education” the terrorists received, gleefully sharing photos of dead or captured Israelis and urging the execution of hostages. “This is the motherlode of UNRWA teachers’ incitement to Jihadi terrorism,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, the Geneva-based non-governmental organization that monitors the world body.
- The Telegram chat group is meant to support UNRWA teachers, and contains dozens of files with UNRWA staff names, ID numbers, schedules and curriculum materials. In addition, UNRWA teachers regularly share videos, photos and messages inciting to Jihadi terrorism, and openly celebrating the Hamas massacre and rape of civilians.
- UNRWA teacher Waseem Ula, who regularly posts information on salaries that he passes on from UNRWA Gaza head of human resources Sami Abu Kamil, calls to kill Israelis, and glorifies the Oct. 7th massacre. At one moment, Ula informs the group’s 3,000 UNRWA teachers that “salaries will be paid on Sunday.”Another moment, he shares a video glorifying Hamas attacks, and posts a photo of a suicide bomb vest wired with explosives, with the caption: “Wait, sons of Judaism.”
- UNRWA teacher Abdallah Mehjez does Hamas’ work by urging Gaza civilians not to heed warnings to move out of harm’s way, and instead to serve as human shields.