The UN

I saw this article at Powerline and found it to be compelling.

As you will see it discusses a Wall Street Journal article that delineates the UN’s funding of two groups that are known to be fronts for Hamas. And as we all know Hamas is anti-peace and committed to the destruction of Israel.

For those of who are unable to get to Powerline here is the excerpt:

“In 2003 and 2004, the Israel Defense Forces captured documentation showing how the U.N. Development Program was regularly funding two Hamas front organizations: the Tulkarm Charity Committee and the Jenin District Committee for Charitable Funds. The donations varied — sometimes $4,000 and sometimes $10,000. Receipts and even copies of thank-you notes to UNDP were discovered. The U.N. should have exercised considerable caution with transfers of this sort, considering that in 2002, Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement described Jenin as “the capital of the suicide bombers.” Nonetheless, one might ask, how was the U.N. to know that these were actually Hamas front groups?

Here’s how: In June 2003, the Office of the Coordinator of the Activities of the Israel Defense Forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip asked UNDP to stop all assistance to the Jenin District Committee because of its Hamas connection. Israel knew that Hamas operatives ran the charity; its deputy director had been a member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the elite terrorist unit of Hamas. Timothy Rothermel, UNDP’s special representative in Jerusalem, turned down the Israeli request.

Another disturbing revelation from captured documents is the support provided by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for the “Koran and Sunna Society” of Kalkilya. UNRWA has been heavily penetrated by Hamas for years; Hamas members dominate many of its unions, including the teachers union. But this new link represented a further deterioration in the U.N.’s connections, for the “Koran and Sunna Society” defines itself as salafi — it adopts doctrines from militant Islam. Indeed, the “Koran and Sunna Society,” which has six branches in the West Bank, distributes pamphlets published in Saudi Arabia that are often written by radical Wahhabi clerics. References to the value of martyrdom and jihad are not uncommon in these materials. One of the Society’s schools, called “The Martyrs of the Al-Aqsa Intifada,” received payments from UNRWA for educating children of Palestinian refugees in March and June of 2004.”

The UN is a good idea gone bad.

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