Hillel Neuer
International human rights lawyer, writer & activist

Report: Despite UNRWA Promises, Teachers Incite to Murder “Jewish Apes & Pigs”

Preview of report was broadcast on Israel TV’s Channel 2

ethics certificate for suad

Above: UNRWA’s “Certificate of Ethics” for teacher who posts on Facebookthat “Zionists and Jews” are “sons of apes and pigs.”

GENEVA, December 1, 2015 – Despite prior promises by UNRWA, the Palestinian relief agency, to put an end to online incitement by its teachers, numerous UNRWA teachers are still inciting to Palestinian knife attacks against what they describe as “Jewish apes and pigs,” and should be fired, according to a new report issued today by UN Watch, the Geneva-based watchdog group. See selections of report below; full report here.

UNRWA’s reported temporary suspensions of offenders, as reported by London’s Sunday Times, are clearly not working. Giving a slap on the wrist only sends the message that it’s business as usual. Instead, those who incite to racism or murder should be fired, under a zero tolerance policy, just as the UK government recently banned a teacher from the classroom for life over an anti-Semitic Facebook post.

UN Watch submitted the report today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl — as well as to EU foreign affairs commissioner Federica Mogherini, and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, whose governments are the top funders of UNRWA.

The EU and its member states handed UNRWA more than $510 million last year. The US gave more than $400 million.


Still Teaching Hate: UNRWA Exposed

A Report on Ongoing Incitement Despite
UNRWA’s Pledges of Remedial Action
UN Watch Report
November 30, 2015

Selections below; full report here.


Mohammed Al Jowhary - FB profile UNRWA link

Mohammed Al Jowhary of Jordan (aka Mohammad Jumah Al Jawhary), who identifies himself on his Facebook Profile as an UNRWA teacher, posted the photo below on October 27, 2015, the same day on which two Israeli soldiers were stabbed and wounded by Palestinians. Knives are portrayed as women’s earrings, with the caption “New accessories for Palestinians.”

Mohammed Al Jowhary - Offending image

This is one of numerous examples of the violent incitement on Mr. Jowahary’s Facebook timeline, as well as posts that use Jihadist language to describe those attacking Israelis as victims and sacred martyrs.


Yet despite hiRight to play with colleagues long record of inciting to violence, UNRWA school principal Abo Allaith Seafan (seen on photo right) — whose own Facebook timeline includes graphic scenes of blood-splattered bodies, violence, and incitement — recently presented Mr. Jowhary with a special coaching certificate from the Toronto-based organization Right to Play, which is supposed to use sports to teach peace.

right to play

UN Watch calls on Johann Koss, CEO and President of Right to Play — which is partially funded by the Canadian government — to immediately revoke this certificate of a teacher inciting to racism and murder as someone who shows “leadership and commitment” as a “coach for Right to Play’s programme in Jordan.”

Likewise, UN Watch calls on the British Council, sponsor in Jordan of the World Voice Programme, and Artistic Director Richard Frostick (seen below with Mr. Jowhary on November 12, 2015, in a seminar at the Millenium Hotel in Amman) to revoke his certificate as an “Ambassador for the World Voice Programme,” due to the UNRWA teacher’s enagement in incitement to murder.



Recommendation: UNRWA should fire Mohammed Al Jowhary for using the name of UNRWA on an account which incites violent acts of terrorism, in gross violation of UNRWA Staff Rule 1.4. The Right to Play, and the British Council’s World Voice Programme, should both revoke their certificates to Mr. Jowhary.



Mazen Abo Hady - FB profile UNRWA link

Mazen Abo Hady, identifying himself on his Facebook profile as an UNRWA teacher in Gaza, engages in virulent incitement to murder Jews.

On October 10th, Abo Hady posted the image below — also posted by fellow UNRWA employee Hiba Maria, as detailed in a previous report by UN Watch — which shows a keffiye-clad Palestinian playing a knife like a violin, using a Palestinian ‘key of return’ as a bow.

Mazen Abo Hady - Offending image 2 - knife violin

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It gets worse. On October 13th, the day when Palestinians carried out four separate terrorist attacks against Israelis — including an attack on a Jerusalem bus, and a car-ramming followed by murder with a meat cleaver, attacks which killed Haviv Haim, 78, and Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevski, 60 — UNRWA teacher Abo Hady rushed to celebrate their deaths.

First, by exclaiming “God is great.”

Second, by celebrating the attackers as “martyrs,” in multiple posts, and uploading their photos to his Timeline:

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Third, by celebrating the murder of Rabbi Krishevski and posting his photo, together with a keffiyeh-wearing man tearing through an Israeli flag with a bloodied knife, to reveal a scene in which the Palestinian flag flies atop the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Click here and here to see the original posts.

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Mazen Abo Hady - Offending image I - flag

Recommendation: UNRWA should fire teacher Mazen Abo Hady for using the name of UNRWA on an account that glorifies violent acts of terrorism, celebrates the murderers, and mocks the murder of innocents, in gross violation of UNRWA Staff Rule 1.4.



Suad Assi - FB profile UNRWA link

Suad Assi of Ramallah (aka Suad Khalil Remawi), identifying himself as an UNRWA English teacher on his Facebook profile, shared the post below about “enemies”, says it is important to know that “the Zionists and the Jews are sons of apes and pigs”:

Suad Assi - Offending image with text

Other virulent incitement on his Facebook page includes his posting of this video which portrays Palestinian knife attackers as innocent victims:

Ironically, this UNRWA teacher proudly displays his UNRWA certificate of ethics:

ethics certificate for suad

Recommendation: UNRWA should fire Suad Khalil Remawi (aka Suad Assi) for using the name of UNRWA on an account expressing virulent anti-Semitsm sentiment, a gross violation of UNRWA Staff Rule 1.4.

About the Author
Hillel Neuer is executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization in Geneva, Switzerland. An international lawyer, Neuer has been described by the Tribune de Genève as a human rights activist who is “feared and dreaded” by the world’s dictatorships. Israel's Ma’ariv newspaper ranked Neuer as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Jewish People in the World.” Hillel Neuer is a renowned speaker who has published widely, testified before the United Nations and the U.S. Congress, and appeared on CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera. On September 14, 2016, the City of Chicago adopted a resolution declaring “Hillel Neuer Day” in recognition of his work as “one of the world’s foremost human rights advocates.” In June 2018, McGill University awarded Neuer with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, citing his work as “an innovator” in “creating global platforms for courageous dissidents and champions of human rights from around the world,” and for being “a passionate advocate for human rights, fighting tirelessly against discrimination, torture, and injustice."