CV NEWS FEED // Hearings conducted by members of Congress revealed the growing anti-Semitism in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that has been exposed in recent weeks.
The hearing, led by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Brian Mast (R-FL), was the result of a report from last week that members of the United Nations Relief and Workers Agency participated in the October 7 Hamas attacks against Israel.
The hearing also followed new legislation that Smith introduced to the House last week. The legislation, Stop Support for UNRWA Act of 2024, asks that the United States stop providing funds to the United Nations Relief and Workers Agency.
“Going far beyond the revelations of the last week, there has long been massive and irrefutable evidence of UNRWA’s extensive connivance, complicity, and cooperation in Hamas’ antisemitic genocidal hate campaign,” said Rep. Smith, Chair of the House Global Human Rights Subcommittee and Co-Chair of the House Task Force for Combating Antisemitism.
Over the past eight months, Smith has been leading hearings regarding antisemitism inside UNRWA.
“UNRWA’s textbooks, curricula, summer camps, and official media are all infamous venues for anti-Jewish propaganda,” said Smith.
During the hearings, the subcommittee heard from a variety of experts and witnesses who discussed the growing anti-Semitism in the UNRWA. It included testimony from Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch; Marcus Sheff, Chief Executive Officer of IMPACT-se; and Richard Goldberg, Senior Advisor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
“Inevitably, the sheer weight of hatred and incitement featured in UNRWA classrooms and being openly expressed by UNRWA staff h