UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
Yaakov Kirschen, the cartoonist who does Dry Bones, an English language Israeli comic strip has a blog. He writes in his Dry Bones Blog:
U.S. Representative Steven R. Rothman of New Jersey has proposed Congressional legislation to “Ensure Terrorists are Not Employed by or Receive Benefits from UNRWA”. The following paragraph is from the text of the proposed bill:
“UNRWA has employed staffers affiliated with terrorism, including Said Sayyam, the Hamas Minister of Interior and Civil Affairs, who was a teacher in UNRWA schools in Gaza from 1980 to 2003; Awad al-Qiq, the headmaster of an UNRWA school in the Gaza Strip who also led Islamic Jihad’s engineering unit that built bombs and Qassam rockets; Nahed Rashid Ahmed Atallah, a prior senior UNRWA employee from 1990 to 1993 who was responsible for the dissemination of assistance to refugees while he was also an operative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; and Nidal Abd al-Fattah Abdallah Nazzal, a Hamas activist employed as an ambulance driver by UNRWA, who confessed in 2002 to transporting weapons and explosives to terrorists in an UNRWA ambulance;”
At the same time, by way of Jihad Watch, I found an interesting video about UNRWA’s work among the Palestinians:
On January 7, 2009 reports issued by UNRWA officials accused the Israeli army of killing up to forty people on January 6, 2009, by shelling an UNWRA school in Jabalya, Gaza. This accusation caused harsh criticism of Israel from all over the world. However, it later came to light that the Israeli army did not attack the school, and that no one inside the school was killed. The UN retracted its accusation on February 2, 2009. Inaccurate, and arguably incendiary, claims of this nature have led to a distrust of UNRWA and their motives by the Israeli public.