Israeli representative to the UN
cites PMW's UNRWA story
in complaint to UN Secretary-General
These pictures were broadcast on Palestinian Authority TV and on the Palestinian news site pn-news.net, corroborating PMW's report.
UNRWA spokesperson Christopher Gunness, responding on UNRWA's website, rejected PMW's report. He claimed that the map in question was not intended to reflect the present, but reflected the period before Israel was established:
The map in question is an embroidery depicting a pre-1948 map and therefore ante-dates the creation of the state of Israel. The allegations are therefore completely false."
In addition, Gunness' statement that the UNRWA official "stood next to a map which does not show Israel" is also misleading, as it indicates a passive non-involvement. In fact, the UNRWA official is shown holding the map and the map was the central focus of the picture.
Furthermore, UNRWA spokesperson Christopher Gunness wrongfully claimed that PMW has been "forced to retract" "allegations" about UNRWA in the past:
Click to see PMW's report from 2011 of UNRWA's connection to the Al-Amari club that held a football tournament glorifying suicide terrorist Wafa Idris.
Click to see UNRWA's denial that they were connected to this tournament.
It is noteworthy that in 2011, UNRWA spokesperson Gunness chose not to condemn the tournament named after terrorist Wafa Idris, despite the fact that UNRWA's logo was included in the announcement of the event. Nor did he condemn the youth center for glorifying the suicide bomber. Instead, UNRWA denied its responsibility by informing PMW that the use of its name by the Al-Amari youth center in its logo was not authorized.
What is striking about Gunness' claim is that today, a full two years later, UNRWA's name still appears on Al-Amari's logo on its Facebook page:
|[Al-Amari Club's official Facebook page, accessed May 16, 2013,|
Worse still, the club continues to celebrate suicide terrorist Wafa Idris as a hero. Idris killed one and injured more than 100 in her attack in 2002.
A few months ago, the Al-Amari Club's Facebook page posted a picture of terrorist Wafa Idris alongside the following text:
As a final note, Israel's representative to the UN Ron Prosor reacted to PMW's original report about the map, protesting to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a letter:
Click to see UNRWA's denial that it had any connection to this tournament.
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that other UN organizations have been associated with events glorifying terrorists.
Palestinian Media Watch regularly reports on the PA's denial of Israel's right to exist, and its portrayal of "Palestine" as replacing Israel.