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Ban Ki-moon Overlooks UN Agency's Complicity in Hamas War Crimes Targeting Palestinian Children

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The Lawfare Project expresses its deep concern at UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's failure to acknowledge a UN agency's complicity in Hamas war crimes carried out against Palestinian children.

Last week, Ban spoke at a summit in Costa Rica, following the shelling of an UNRWA school in the Gaza Strip's Jabalia Camp. During his address, the Secretary-General callously neglected to condemn UNRWA, which, together with Hamas, is directly targeting Palestinian children with reprehensible violence.

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UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) is the arm of the UN responsible for providing education to Palestinian children in Gaza.

It is funded overwhelmingly by U.S. taxpayer dollars. Both prior to and during the current war in Gaza, UNRWA schools have been found to be working with Hamas in order to facilitate the recruitment of Palestinian children as child soldiers and human shields. The Lawfare Project, together with the Center for Near East Policy Research, co-produced the documentary film Camp Jihad, screened for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which presents first-hand evidence of UNRWA schools being used to illegally indoctrinate Palestinian children towards violence.

No crime is more abhorrent than the premeditated murder of innocent children.

Curiously, Ban has not once condemned Hamas by name--a designated terrorist group in the United States, Canada, European Union, Japan, and elsewhere--for its use of UNRWA schools as rocket depots and of UNRWA staff and students as human shields. Nor has he ever condemned UNRWA for enabling Hamas's recruitment of Palestinian children as child soldiers and suicide bombers.

The Lawfare Project urges Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to carefully consider the following widely reported facts about UNRWA:

UNRWA is aiding and abetting the premeditated murder of Palestinian children, the very population the agency is mandated to protect.

It is inconceivable that UNRWA officials and staff members were unaware of the Hamas terror tunnel's entrance located within its own clinic. Or of multiple caches of deadly rockets located within three of its own schools. Or that, by handing over rockets to Hamas, they would subsequently be used to target civilians. Indeed, UNRWA officials and staff members are complicit in war crimes while teaching impressionable Palestinian children from a curriculum that not only glorifies violence but exposes them directly to Hamas for recruitment.

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