Top UNRWA officials accused of sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination

Top UNRWA officials accused of sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination

A report by the ethics department of the UNRWA has uncovered grave sexual misconduct and corruption in the agency, which deals with so-called Palestinian refugees and their great-grandchildren throughout the Middle East, Gaza, Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

The report points towards the commissioner-general of the agency, Pierre Krahenbuhl and a small number of mostly foreign senior leaders centralizing power and influence while disregarding UN checks and balances.

The allegations include “sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives.”

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Krahenbuhl was romantically involved with a colleague who was appointed in 2015 to a newly created role of senior advisor to the commissioner-general after an “extreme fast-track” process, the report says. This enabled her to join him on business class flights across the globe.

One senior official named in the report has left the organization due to “inappropriate behavior” linked to the investigation, UNRWA said, while another has resigned for what the agency called “personal reasons.”

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In 2018 the United States suspended and later cut all funding for UNRWA, which provides schooling and medical services to millions in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Gaza, Judea-Samaria and Jerusalem.

UNRWA perpetuates de refugee problem, creating a situation in which there are great-grandchildren of refugees, who are not refugees but who are cared for by the agency.

UNRWA teaches hatred of Israel in its classrooms, promotes Jihad and leads children to become the next generation of Muslim terrorists.

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