"The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has a history of hiring staff with connections to terrorist organizations while its schools erase Israel from maps, teach antisemitism and provide cover for Hamas weapons caches and terror tunnels.
In short, UNRWA — the largest humanitarian organization in Gaza — bears direct responsibility for the extremism that fueled the Oct. 7 massacre of more than 1,200 Israelis.
UNRWA’s flaws are well-known, but Washington still sent $344 million to the agency last year, making it the agency’s top donor.
(President Trump had stopped funding it, but President Biden reversed that when he entered office.)
If the United States really has Israel’s back in its war against Hamas, then Washington should not give another penny to UNRWA until it overhauls every aspect of its operations...
Outside of the government, UNRWA is by far the largest employer in Gaza.
In practice, Hamas can shirk the responsibility, costs and accountability associated with running a government, freeing up the terror organization’s time and finances to build a war machine with which to kill Israelis.
Conveniently for Hamas, the UN does not consider it to be a terrorist organization.
So when hiring its staff, UNRWA does not screen for connections to Hamas.
The results are what you might expect.
After Hamas brutalized Israeli communities Oct. 7, more than a dozen UNRWA employees publicly praised the atrocities.
An UNRWA director glorified one of the terrorists as a “hero,” “raider” and a “prince of Khan Younis” (a city in southern Gaza).
In the years leading up to the attacks more than 150 UNRWA employees promoted hatred and violence on social media according to a study by UN Watch, an independent monitor.
It is past time for the Biden administration to acknowledge UNRWA is not just a failure but a cause of the violence we see today.
Until now, UNRWA has remained untouchable because it supposedly reflects global concern for the welfare of Palestinians. In fact, it has contributed to the devastation of Gaza.
Americans should help Gazans rebuild once Hamas is defeated, but not one dollar should go to UNRWA until it shows it’s committed to fixing problems, not perpetuating them."