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Amb. Prosor Calls for Suspension of UNRWA Spokesman for “Ongoing Pattern of Anti-Israel Bias”

The news website The Algemeiner reported yesterday that Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, called immediate suspension of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Chris Gunness.

According to a letter obtained by The Algemeiner, Prosor described Gunness’ questionable behavior.

Gunness, yet again abused his position by calling on reporters to interview Dr. Mads Gilbert, an outspoken proponent of terrorist attacks against civilians. In September 2001, Dr. Gilbert explicitly supported the ‘moral right’ of Al-Qaeda to perpetrate the 9/11 terrorist attacks against thousands of American civilians. Rather than denouncing Hamas’s targeting of innocent civilians, Mr. Gunness is shamelessly promoting an individual who shares Hamas’s morally reprehensible convictions. …

Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization, deliberately embeds its military operations in residential areas and exploits its own civilian population as human shields. These actions constitute war crimes and should be condemned in no uncertain terms. In failing to do so, Mr. Gunness is ignoring Hamas’s abuse of the civilian population in Gaza and acting in opposition to UNRWA’s mandate.

Prosor accused Gunness of “an ongoing pattern of anti-Israel bias,” and that Gunness “has abused his position to promote incitement against Israel and present a one-sided view of reality.”

Gilbert’s record of making outlandish, unsubstantiated accusations against Israel reflects poorly on Gunness, who promoted him unreservedly.

Earlier this year, when Gaza suffered from flooding due to a lack of fuel—a situation that Hamas blamed on Egypt and the Palestinian Authority—Gunness, nonetheless, blamed Israel.

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