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Watchdog Calls for Disciplinary Action Against UNRWA After Spokesman Demands BBC Use Words *Israeli Occupation* in Report on Chr

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Geneva~based watchdog UN Watch which monitors the United Nations on Friday called for disciplinary action against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency~UNRWA~and its spokesperson after the latter demanded the BBC use the words *Israeli Occupation*


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Gillian M (11)
Sunday December 27, 2015, 12:40 pm
Geneva-based watchdog UN Watch, which monitors the United Nations, on Friday called for disciplinary action against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and its spokesperson after the latter demanded the BBC use the words “Israeli Occupation” in its news coverage of Christmas in Bethlehem.

The group called on U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power to “take remedial measures against UNRWA and its spokesman Chris Gunness for engaging in partisan advocacy—breaching its neutrality promise under the 2015 UNRWA-U.S. Framework for Cooperation.”

The watchdog said Ambassador Power should also condemn UNRWA for violating UN resolutions that require the agency to provide humanitarian services in line with the principles of “neutrality and impartiality.”

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness made the demand on Thursday on Twitter, claiming an “amazing lack of context” in the BBC report, and alleging that it “needs correction.”

UN Watch blasted spokesman Gunness, saying he “notably did not ask BBC to mention murder, persecution and ethnic cleansing of Christians in Palestinian areas and throughout the Middle East, as documented before the UN in compelling testimony by Father Gabriel Naddaf, who noted that ‘Israel is the only Mideast country not persecuting Christians.'”

The watchdog said its statement was part of a sustained effort to hold UNRWA accountable for its anti-Israel advocacy. In October, the group released a report documenting at least 10 different UN staffers who used social media to incite racial hatred, antisemitism, and Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks against Israeli Jews. That same month UNRWA admitted that “in a number of cases” its employees were subjected to disciplinary action, and several were suspended.


Alan Smith (1)
Sunday December 27, 2015, 1:43 pm
On that basis should I call a dog a cat?

Steve D (13)
Sunday December 27, 2015, 2:09 pm
Actually both the UN and the BBC should be neutral in their actions and reporting. Being that it really is an israeli occupation, it should be called that.

Lynn Mark (0)
Monday December 28, 2015, 4:46 am
It is a land dispute not an occupation!And UNRWA should be unfunded.Let the millionaires of the "occupied" land pay for it with all the money they have skimmed off the payments!And left their people in squalor or tents while they live in palaces!

Gillian M (11)
Monday December 28, 2015, 5:28 am
Steve, of course the UN and BBC should act impartialy and treat all countries equally but being that the UN is full o Muslim controlled countries as well as many others whose human rights are appaling and don't want anyone to do anything then they draw attention away by concentrating on Israel whose human rights record is probably one of the best on the planet. Then the BBC is known for its disgusting bias and I think that all funding is stopped until it behaves properly.

As for the occupation, where? The Arabs refused any rights to any part of Israel in the 1920s so where is the occupation? In fact, Jordan is actually part of Israel but Britain gave that to the Arabs and that is the land in which the Palestinians are supposed to be living. However, they are treated as third class citizens and I have yet to hear any of the Judeophobes, including you, object. So why is it acceptable to perpertate the lies about Israel and not complain about the truth?


Erika Acosta (0)
Tuesday December 29, 2015, 4:52 am

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Tuesday December 29, 2015, 12:19 pm

Stan B (123)
Tuesday December 29, 2015, 1:00 pm
I stopped donating to the U.N. years ago. It's the most hypocritical, corrupt organisation on the planet.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday December 29, 2015, 2:48 pm

Roger G (148)
Tuesday December 29, 2015, 2:53 pm
it is high time for this useless taxpayer funded organization to be dissolved, they are now the pawns of the islamic dictators who are killing innocent people and deny basic human rights to any one living under their thumbs

Knud T (53)
Tuesday December 29, 2015, 3:14 pm
I don`t like hatecrime as mr. Roger.
Noted and changed.

Hartson Doak (39)
Tuesday December 29, 2015, 5:23 pm
Someone makes a negative statement about the State of Israel and look how the statement is blown way out of proportion. Occupation it is not. The Arabs have shot themselves in the foot. Israel has made many offers and peace and reconciliation. They have been turned down. Missiles rain down on Israel almost daily. If this happened to the US, the area where the missiles came from would be carpet bombed, school, hospital or village

fly b (26)
Tuesday December 29, 2015, 10:48 pm
"... I have yet to hear any of the Judeophobes, including you, object..."

Yes, the BBC is known for it's bias -- Pro Israeli hasbara- bias!

As for your own prejudice and derogatory, personal accusations of Steve D., here, and others on many of your threads, I would hope that non biased, even minded and non abusive readers, will see what you actually stand for, and take such callous, offensive and false statements for what they are - intimidation and bullying, in the attempt to stifle, views, you do not want to know or accept.

My view is, simply, if you cannot stand to read views different to your own, without, flasely, attacking others, the less said, the better.

Steve B is correct. It is an Israeli occupation. Hence, the "Occupied Palestinian Territories'. And all Israeli settlements, in the OPT are illegal, under International Laws.

Thank you, Steve.

fly b (26)
Tuesday December 29, 2015, 10:50 pm
Above @ Penny B:

"... I have yet to hear any of the Judeophobes, including you, object..."

Winn A (179)
Wednesday December 30, 2015, 9:09 am

pam w (139)
Thursday December 31, 2015, 8:02 am
If I could have ONE wish for the new would be peace in that part of the world. (Not to mention the elimination of ISIS and other ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS.)
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