For decades, American taxpayers have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into United Nations “aid” agencies that promoted Palestinian propaganda wars against Israel. The most notorious is UNRWA (the specialized Palestinian refugee framework, created in 1949), which was finally cut off from US funds last year.
But the problem continues in other, and in some ways even more virulent, forms. For example, the “Occupied Palestinian Territory” branch of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA-oPt) is also neck-deep in political warfare and demonization.
Under the guise of providing aid, this agency sends out a constant flow of false accusations, including reports to the Security Council and “news items” promoted on its specialized ReliefWeb media platform. The officials also coordinate the agendas of dozens of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that are active in these political attacks. The anti-Israel Norwegian Refugee Council and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) are among their main partners in promoting radical goals.
But the façade that has protected OCHA-oPt and its partners is being slowly stripped away. Jamie McGoldrick, the UN’s “Humanitarian Coordinator,” complained about “UN Watch and NGO Monitor, [the organization I founded and lead] who are out there to delegitimize humanitarian action in Palestine, including allegations of misconduct and misuse of funds.”