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Israel Accuses U.N. Workers of Aiding Hamas Oct. 7 Attack

Many have noted the U.N.’s apparent bias against the Jewish state, yet this purported partiality has never visibly materialized on the ground. This is no longer the case.

According to an Israeli intelligence dossier provided to the U.S. government, at least 12 employees of the U.N.’s Palestinian refugee agency were somehow connected to Hamas’ attack on Oct. 7. Additionally, 10% of its Gaza staff, some 190 UNRWA employees, are reported to have ties to Islamist militant groups.

Among the U.N. employees who actively participated in the Oct. 7 massacre, one is accused of kidnapping a woman, another of handing out ammunition, and a third of “taking part in the attack,” according to The New York Times.

Seven of the 12 who contributed to Oct. 7 were also reported to be teachers for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

On Friday, January 26, the U.N. declared that they fired all 12 employees, though the U.N. secretary general António Guterres said only nine were let go.

The report also prompted eight countries, including the U.S., to suspend a portion of aid to the UNRWA. 

Heschel students are disturbed and shocked by this development.

“It’s just sad,” senior Ethan Hess said. “They are responsible for maintaining peace and justice, and they really, really failed.”

Senior Roy Mendelson agreed. 

“The U.N.’s role is to make us think they’re doing good, not to actually do good. The UNRWA, for example, sounds great. In practice, not so much.”

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