'We will not allow UN agencies to become branches of Hamas'

Israel's UN Ambassador reacts to Shin Bet investigation suggesting that UN official in Gaza colluded with Hamas.

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Danny Danon
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Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon reacted to news of the arrest and release of a UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) worker in Gaza.

According to the Foreign Ministry, UNDSS employee and Gaza resident Hamdan Tamaraz had been arrested by the Shin Bet for “involvement in security offenses.”

“During questioning, information was received indicating his involvement in prohibited activity. Following his questioning, he was released, and the findings of the investigation are currently being examined by the relevant authorities,” the ministry said.

Following the news, Danon asserted that "we will not allow" a situation in which UN agencies effectively “become branches of the Hamas terrorist organization.”

“While UN workers should be focused on humanitarian assistance for the local residents, Hamas is attempting to cynically exploit these officials and turn them into accomplices to terror. Over the past year, we uncovered a number of incidents in which UN workers took advantage of their positions to assist terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.”

“The UN must act to put an immediate end to this unacceptable situation,” he concluded.