3/21/2016, Candidate Trump's remarks about the UN and the Palestinians (link inactive, I copied in 2016): "Donald J. Trump Remarks at AIPAC,":
"The United Nations is not a friend of
democracy. It's not a friend to freedom. It's not a friend even to the
United States of America, where as all know, it has its home. And it
surely isn’t a friend to Israel....We
will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish
people, Jerusalem-and we will send a clear signal that there is no
daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the state of
The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable. They must come to the table willing and able to stop the terror being committed on a daily basis against Israel and they must come to the table willing to accept that Israel is a Jewish State and it will forever exist as a Jewish State....Just last week, American Taylor Allen Force, a West Point grad who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was murdered in the street by a knife-wielding Palestinian."...
8/29/17, "U.S. Continues to Fund Hamas-Linked UN Agency," DisobedientMedia.com, Kenneth Whittle
"According to a recent report, the Trump administration has decided to forgo requests by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and continue to provide funds to the U.N. Relief Works Agency (UNRWA). The UNRWA, a UN relief agency responsible for providing aid to Palestinian refugees, will continue to receive upwards of $300 million in funding from the U.S. each year. As of December 2016, the U.S. ranks as the largest overall donor to the UNRWA, more than doubling the second largest contribution from the EU.
The issue arising from provisioning the group with funds stems from the UNRWAs’ ties to the terror organization Hamas. Hamas, which has been listed as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” by the U.S. Department of State since 1997, has been responsible for the murder of over 60 U.S. citizens since 1993, including the 2001 bombing of a pizza restaurant in Jerusalem resulting in the in the deaths of 15 (2 Americans) and injuring over 122.
Disobedient Media has reported on previous instances of the UN’s support for groups who have been accused of serious human rights abuses,, including the KLA during the Kosovo conflict.
I. Hamas Leadership in UNRWA
The UNRWA has deep ties to the terror organization Hamas; In a 2004 interview, then UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen, stated that he is “sure that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll and I don’t see that as a crime.” That the Commissioner of the UN Agency in question would not only admit, but defend the UNRWA’s connection with a terror group is extremely disturbing, and raises serious questions regarding US financial support for UNRWA.
In 2016, Avi Dichter, the former head of the Israeli Security Agency (ISA), claimed that almost 100% of UNRWA workers in the Gaza region are active members of Hamas.
In February, the UNRWA was forced to terminate the employment of the chairman of its Palestinian workers’ union, Suhail al-Hindi, after it was discovered that he had been elected to Hamas’s leadership.
That same month, it was reported that Muhammad al-Jamassi, a senior engineer employed by the UNRWA, was also elected to Hamas leadership. Jamassi has held various positions in Hamas since 2007, including serving in Hamas’ public relations department, as well as many of its affiliated charities.
The numerous instances of UNRWA admitting its deeply tied to Hamas, in addition to the numerous figures from the agency having being employed as leaders for Hamas, should be of serious concern to Americans whose taxes are being used to support the UNRWA.
II. UNRWA Aiding and Abetting Terrorism
It has also been found that the UNRWA has been cooperating and working directly with Hamas’s terrorist activities.
In fact, this cooperation is so great, that Hamas’ own Minister of Religion stated: “Hamas’ relationship with UNRWA is good, very good! We assist UNRWA and Hamas cooperates with UNRWA on many levels. Now a direct connection exists between UNRWA and Hamas.”
In 2014 the head of the IDF’s Maglan commando, Lt. Gen. Yuval, stated that Hamas was using equipment supplied by the UNRWA to dig their longest tunnels under Israeli territory. Within these tunnels, Israeli Defense Forces found weapons and bunkers capable of withstanding air strikes, as well as supplies from the UNRWA.
In July of 2014, the UNRWA reported that during a “routine inspection” they had discovered rockets being stored in one of their Gaza schools. This was the third such incident to take place that month. After confiscating the weapons, the UNRWA handed them over to “local authorities”, who, in turn, answer to Hamas.
III. UNRWA Schools Complicit in Teaching Radicalism
UNRWA Schools in Hamas controlled regions have been found to be teaching anti-Israeli lessons, as well as promoting the radicalization of youth. This is allowed to happen in schools in these particular regions because of the UNRWAs’ policy that, “UNRWA’s Schoolchildren in UNRWA schools follow the host authorities’ curricula and textbooks.”
In 2015, a UNRWA school for Palestinian refugees in Syria came under scrutiny after it posted anti-Semitic cartoons on its Facebook page, calling for the murder of Jews.
In the documentary “Children’s Army of Hamas”, the Center for Near East Policy Research (CNEPR) exposes the relationship between UNRWA schools and Hamas. The film documents how the UNRWA allocates cash from donor nations in order to provide military training for students in UNRWA classrooms, alongside weapons training camps organized by Al-Kutla al-Islamiya, a division of Hamas. This allows children at UN-affiliated schools to learn how to shoot weapons, use grenades, and ultimately pave the way for recruitment into Hamas’ military wing.
Furthermore, in February of 2017, the watchdog group “UN Watch”, released a 130-page report detailing the actions of teachers and staff engaged in inciting their students to jihadist terrorism and antisemitism. The report lists the names of those involved, providing examples of their participation. These examples include: celebrating the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers by terrorists, cheering rockets being fired at Israeli civilian centers, praising Hitler and posting with his photo, erasing Israel off the face of the map, as well as endorsing various forms of violence against Israelis.
As a result, the radicalization in these schools has become so prevalent, that Former Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence Officer, Jonathan Halevi, has estimated that nearly 60 percent of homicide bombers were educated in UNRWA schools.
The explicit coordination between Hamas and the UN Agency UNRWA raises serious concern not only because it shows a troubling example of the UN supporting terrorism, but also because the agency is funded to a large degree by U.S. tax dollars."
Comment: This is the opposite of what Trump voters had reason to believe he would do (per his 3/21/2016 speech excerpted below). It's exactly what people like the Kushners and George Soros would do while imagining themselves the compassionate ones. From candidate Trump's 3/21/2016 speech at AIPAC:
"The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It's not a friend to freedom. It's not a friend even to the United States of America, where as all know, it has its home. And it surely isn’t a friend to Israel."
3/21/16, "Donald J. Trump Remarks at AIPAC," Donald J. Trump
"Which brings me to my next point – the utter weakness and incompetence of the United Nations.
The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It's not a friend to freedom. It's not a friend even to the United States of America, where as all know, it has its home. And it surely isn’t a friend to Israel.
With President Obama in his final year, discussions have been swirling about an attempt to bring a security council resolution on the terms of an eventual agreement between Israel and Palestine.
Let me be clear: An agreement imposed by the UN would be a total and complete disaster. The United States must oppose this resolution and use the power of our veto. Why? Because that's not how you make a deal.
Deals are made when parties come to the table and negotiate. Each side must give up something it values in exchange for something it requires. A deal that imposes conditions on Israel and the Palestinian Authority will do nothing to bring peace. It will only further delegitimize Israel and it would reward Palestinian terrorism, because every day they are stabbing Israelis – and even Americans.
Just last week, American Taylor Allen Force, a West Point grad who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was murdered in the street by a knife-wielding Palestinian. You don't reward that behavior, you confront it!
It's not up the United Nations to impose a solution. The parties must negotiate a resolution themselves. The United States can be useful as a facilitator of negotiations, but no one should be telling Israel it must abide by some agreement made by others thousands of miles away that don't even really know what's happening. When I'm president, believe me, I will veto any attempt by the UN to impose its will on the Jewish state....
We know Israel is willing to deal. Israel has been trying to sit down at the negotiating table, without pre-conditions, for years. You had Camp David in 2000, where Prime Minister Barak made an incredible offer – maybe even too generous. Arafat rejected it.
In 2008, Prime Minister Olmert made an equally generous offer.
The Palestinian Authority rejected it. Then John Kerry tried to come up with a framework and Abbas didn't even respond, not even to the Secretary of State of the United States of America!
When I become President, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on Day One. I will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately. I have known him for many years and we will be able to work closely together to help bring stability and peace to Israel and to the entire region.
Meanwhile, every single day, you have rampant incitement and children being taught to hate Israel and hate the Jews. When you live in a society where the firefighters are the hero’s, little kids want to be firefighters.
When you live in a society where athletes and movie stars are heroes, little kids want to be athletes and movie stars. In Palestinian society, the heroes are those who murder Jews - we can't let this continue. You cannot achieve peace if terrorists are treated as martyrs. Glorifying terrorists is a tremendous barrier to peace. In Palestinian textbooks and mosques, you’ve got a culture of hatred that has been fermenting there for years, and if we want to achieve peace, they’ve got to end this indoctrination of hatred.
There is no moral equivalency. Israel does not name public squares after terrorists. Israel does not pay its children to stab random Palestinians.
You see, what President Obama gets wrong about deal making is that he constantly applies pressure to our friends and rewards our enemies. That pattern, practiced by the President and his administration, including former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has repeated itself over and over and has done nothing but embolden those who hate America. We saw that with releasing $150 billion to Iran in the hope that they would magically join the world community - It's the same with Israel and Palestine.
President Obama thinks that applying pressure to Israel will force the issue, but it's precisely the opposite. Already, half the population of Palestine has been taken over by the Palestinian ISIS in Hamas, and the other half refuses to confront the first half, so it’s a very difficult situation but when the United States stands with Israel, the chances of peace actually rise. That's what will happen when I’m president.
We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem - and we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the state of Israel.
The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable. They must come to the table willing and able to stop the terror being committed on a daily basis against Israel and they must come to the table willing to accept that Israel is a Jewish State and it will forever exist as a Jewish State."...
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