The Biden administration’s effort to promote “deescalation” between Israel and Hamas will now include sending Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israeli-Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr to the region on Wednesday. Amr, however, has taken a stance against U.S.-ally Israel on the conflict even before he stepped foot in the administration and before he is to land in Israel for his latest trip.
Amr, who was born in Beirut, has also been actively working on the Biden administration’s plan to restore U.S. funding to the Palestinians. In a March 1 memo, “The US Palestinian Reset and the Path Forward,” he wrote that “State and USAID are working towards a restart of US assistance to the Palestinians in late March or early April.”
He also indicated that the U.S. would restore contact with the Palestinian Authority, which ceased under former President Donald Trump over continued payments to terrorists and their families.
As the national coordinator of the anti-Israel Middle East Justice Network, Amr once reportedly wrote a year after the September 11 terror attacks that he “was inspired by the Palestinian intifada.” Moreover, Amr previously accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”
In 2002, after the head of Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades was killed in an Israeli airstrike, Amr reportedly wrote in a column that has since been scrubbed from the internet, “I have news for every Israeli,” warning that Arabs “now have televisions, and they will never, never forget what the Israeli people, the Israeli military and Israeli democracy have done to Palestinian children. And there will be thousands who will seek to avenge these brutal murders of innocents.”
Amr also worked with the Brookings Institution to found their Doha Center. Qatar funded the think tank to the tune of $14.8 million and its Prime Minister and members of its royal family sit on the Brookings advisory board. Qatar is one of the largest sponsors of global terrorism and one of its beneficiaries is Hamas.
In Doha, while working for Brookings, Amr once urged, “Muslim Brotherhood organizations across the Muslim World should be engaged.”
The State Department and the White House didn’t respond to this reporter’s requests for comment. The story will be updated if and when a response is given.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters Wednesday that Amr will be the U.S. official to advocate for the Biden administration’s position on the issue as Hamas continues firing hundreds of rockets into Israel.
“I’ve asked Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr to go to the region immediately to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders,” Blinken said. “He will bring to bear his decades of experience and in particular he will urge on my behalf and on behalf of President Biden deescalation of violence. We are very focused on this.”
He continued, “The United States remains committed to a two-state solution. This violence takes us further away from that goal. We fully support Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself. We’ve condemned and I condemn again the rocket attacks in the strongest possible terms. We believe Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live with safety and security and we’ll continue to engage with Israelis, Palestinians, and. other regional partners to urge deescalation and to bring calm.”
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Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas
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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.
Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”
UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ
Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”
Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.
Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters
Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.
Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership
Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:
- At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
- UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
- UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
- Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
- That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
- That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
- That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.
And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.
Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.
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