maandag 28 juni 2010

UNRWA veroordeelt aanval op VN zomerkamp voor kinderen door extremisten

 
De UNRWA zomerkampen zijn concurrentie voor de Hamas die haar eigen zomerkampen organiseert met veel nadruk op de juiste islamitische leer, Jodenhaat en militarisme. Hamas heeft bovendien de macht in Gaza en is dus verantwoordelijk voor de openbare orde en veiligheid. Toch presteert UNRWA baas John Ging het om ook Israel de schuld te geven:
 
He said the attack is the latest sign of growing levels of extremism in Gaza. He said it provides further evidence "of the urgency to change the circumstances on the ground that are generating such extremism."

Ging has repeatedly called for lifting of the 3 year-old border blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt, arguing the sanctions have mostly hurt ordinary Gazans, not Hamas. The blockade was imposed after the violent Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007.

 
De 'circumstances on the ground' die hiervan de oorzaak zijn, zijn in de eerste plaats het feit dat een extremistische gewelddadige antisemitische organisatie de macht heeft gegrepen en een dictatoriaal bewind voert waarin dissidenten worden opgepakt, er kledingregels voor vrouwen gelden, allerlei soorten vermaak zijn verboden, er geen vrije pers is en ook geen onafhankelijke rechtspraak. Een organisatie die bovendien via haar media en vrijdagdiensten mensen ophitst tegen het westen en Israel en alles wat niet islamitisch is. Maar dat gaat de UNRWA, die immers van Hamas afhankelijk is om haar werk te kunnen blijven doen, natuurlijk niet zeggen.
 
RP
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The Jerusalem Post
UN summer camp in Gaza vandalized
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
06/28/2010 13:25


Local UN chief: Vandalism "cowardly and despicable."

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=179762


A UN summer camp for children in Gaza was vandalized by two dozen masked men early Monday.

The vandals burned and slashed tents, toys and a plastic swimming pool. It was the second such attack in a month.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Islamic extremists have accused the main UN aid agency of corrupting Gaza's youth with its summer program of games, sports and human rights lessons for 250,000 children.

The UN's main competitor in running summer camps is Hamas, which says it has reached some 100,000 children. The Hamas camps teach Islam and military-style marching, along with swimming and horseback riding.

In Monday's attack, about two dozen armed and masked men targeted a seaside camp in central Gaza, one of dozens of UN sites across the Palestinian territory.

The assailants tied up an unarmed guard, then tried to set fire to two tents and a perimeter fence made from tarp-like material. Wielding knives, they slashed a plastic swimming pool, blow-up slide and other toys.

John Ging, the local UN chief, called it a "cowardly and despicable" attack and said the site would be rebuilt quickly.

He said the attack is the latest sign of growing levels of extremism in Gaza. He said it provides further evidence "of the urgency to change the circumstances on the ground that are generating such extremism."

Ging has repeatedly called for lifting of the 3 year-old border blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt, arguing the sanctions have mostly hurt ordinary Gazans, not Hamas. The blockade was imposed after the violent Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007.


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UNRWA
Press Release
 Gaza
28 June 2010
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

UNRWA condemns second attack on Summer Games locations
 
At 0230 on Monday 28 June 2010, a group of approximately 25 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to and destroyed an UNRWA Summer Games recreation facility on the beach in Nuseirat, Gaza. The guards at the facility were physically assaulted and handcuffed but they were not injured. Fortunately no one else was hurt in the incident.
 
The attack is the second of its kind in a month, following on from an attack on Sunday 23 May 2010 when a group of approximately 30 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to an UNRWA Summer Games recreation facility then under construction on the beach in Gaza city.
 
UNRWA's Director of Operations in Gaza, John Ging, condemning this second "cowardly and despicable act" said that "the overwhelming success of UNRWA's Summer Games has once again obviously frustrated those that are intolerant of children's happiness." He went on to say that "this is another example of the growing levels of extremism in Gaza and further evidence, if that were needed, of the urgency to change the circumstances on the ground that are generating such extremism." Ging said that UNRWA's response would be simple: "UNRWA will rebuild the camp immediately and will continue with its Summer Games program which is so important for the physical and psychological wellbeing of Gaza's children, so many of whom are stressed and traumatised by their circumstances and experiences." Ging also complimented the emergency services who were quick to respond and ensured that the damage caused by the attack was minimised.
 
UNRWA's Summer Games, conducted for the fourth year with the full support and involvement of the community, is the largest recreation program for Gaza's children providing a diversified set of activities including sports, swimming, arts and crafts, theatre and drama. The Summer Games commenced on 12 June and will run through 5 August, providing 1,200 summer camps for over 250,00 refugee children across the Gaza Strip.
 
- Ends -
 
For more information please contact:
 
Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972-(0)54-216-8295
Office: +972 (0)2-589-0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org
 
Chris Gunness
UNRWA English Spokesperson
Mobile: +972-(0)54-240-2659
c.gunness@unrwa.org
 

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