BBC ignores UNRWA ethical abuses story

In 2017 the BBC expanded its links with the news agency AFP as part of its newsgathering process. Unlike many other media outlets – including the corporation’s preferred paper the Guardian – the BBC does not however appear to consider one recent AFP story newsworthy.

“An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the organisation faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts.

The allegations included in the confidential report by the agency’s ethics department are now being scrutinised by UN investigators. […]

AFP has obtained a copy of the report which describes “credible and corroborated” allegations of serious ethical abuses, including involving UNRWA’s top official, Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl.

It says the allegations include senior management engaging in “sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives.””

Despite the BBC having put a considerable amount of effort into amplifying UNRWA talking points throughout last year, members of its funding public have to date not seen any coverage of this latest story concerning the controversial UN agency on the BBC News website or, to the best of our knowledge, anywhere else.  

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  1. The Brits have an age-long hatred to the Jews. Now, Israel represents an easy target. The Brits, with their infinite arrogance, cannot comprehend how such a small country with a small population, managed to do so much in such a short time.

    Let’s not forget that their time in Israel as the ruling mandate was not an easy one -their fault entirely. In the turn of the century, the Brits used Jewish Israeli spies against the Ottomans and in return promised land to the Jewish people. Well, many of those spies executed by the Ottomans and when the Brits capture Israel from the Ottomans, well, surprise, surprise, they reneged on their promise.

    In the following decades, the Brits armed the Arab villagers and turned a blind eye to hundreds of deadly raids perpetrated by the Arabs on Jewish villages. When the Israeli Jews tried to arm themselves, the Brits would raid the Jewish villages and confiscated the arms knowing very well this is a death sentence for the village.

    Many villages just packed and fled right after the Brits took all their weapons knowing their chances of survival are slim. In essence, that’s what the brits were hoping.

    It was a planned scenario, the Arab village chief would tell the Brits they would raid the Jewish settlement, the Brits would arrive at the village, search and confiscaded the weapons. The Jews knew of course that this is a prelude to a raid and either stayed and took their chances or fled.

    The Jewish Israelis device many tricks to hide weapons and many times succeeded. The hiding places were called ‘sliks’. People who were found guilty for hiding weapons would end up in jail.

    One important fact to note is that the Brits stationed in Israel were so disrespected by the jews, they probably felt like second class citizens. Many restaurants refuse to serve them and when British soldiers entered a cinema they would not start the movies until the Brits left. Must have been hard for arrogant people like the Brits. After all, they were the ruling class and everywhere else they were treated with respect. Not in Israel.

    Their treatment and betrayal to the Israeli Jews should never be forgotten.