Daily Israel Report

Embarrassed UNRWA to Workers: 'Hide Terror Links'

UNRWA head John Ging, embarrassed by Hamas union victory, warns terrorist loyalists to hide their 'political affiliation.'
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 4/1/2009, 8:55 PM

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has issued a warning to employees in Gaza who belong to Fatah, Hamas and other terrorist groups, according to Haaretz. Employees' open political affiliation with terrorist groups is “worrisome” and must stop, said UNRWA's Gaza director, John Ging.

The warning came shortly after Hamas-affiliated employees swept the UNRWA union elections, while Fatah won leadership of the union as a whole. The Hamas victory made headlines, apparently embarrassing senior UNRWA workers.

Ging noted that similar victories have been reported in the past, but that previously such incident were reported by “hostile” bodies and not by residents of Gaza themselves.

The warning from Ging included a threat. If employees do not conceal their affiliation with terrorist groups, they could lose their jobs, he implied.

Ten thousand out of roughly 11,000 employees voted in the union elections. Tellingly, UNRWA teachers elected only Hamas-affiliated representatives, while voting among health workers and other employees was more mixed.