Something not widely reported

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has made a reluctant admission – and you could be forgiven for missing it.

The agency claims to provide assistance and protection for Palestinian refugees. Yet it has had to admit to suspending some of its staff as part of disciplinary action for anti-Semitism. However, that admission was contained within the text of a press briefing in the form of a late response to a question.

It read: '... very regrettably, in a number of cases so far, the Agency has found staff Facebook postings to be in violation of its social media rules. These postings have been removed and the staff have been subject to both remedial and disciplinary action, including suspension and loss of pay. The remaining allegations are under assessment ...'

The UN Watch organisation highlighted the problem with UNRWA staff behaviour, and is now demanding an apology from UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness for his 'tirade' against them for making false accusations. UN Watch says that at least 22 UNRWA employees are guilty of incitement to anti-Semitic violence.