Did UN Corruption Help Build Hamas Terror Tunnels?

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With the UN everything is possible and this Fox News report by George Russell certainly raises some questions.

While controversy continues to swirl around the huge Hamas tunnel network in Gaza, an internal United Nations audit report reveals that a U.N. Development Program office that funds and monitors spending on construction in the territory allowed at least five non-staff contract employees to handle “core” procurement  processes that only staffers are supposed to handle, including those for ordering up “significant” civil construction activities.

At the same time, the office’s internal financial tracking system — a UNDP-wide system known as Atlas — was improperly recording at least $8 million worth of civil construction spending at far less than its full value, a practice that UNDP auditors noted could keep the activity under the radar of higher-level U.N. officials who must approve purchase orders above defined cost threshold levels.

Moreover, the Palestinian program office was not properly keeping track of expenditures or receipts in the financial system. The auditors noted that in a sampling of 41 payment vouchers, 12 purchase orders did not have receipts recorded in the system. “This practice,” the report noted, “increases the risk of paying for goods that are not delivered.”

The report adds a new level of potential credibility to Israeli accusations that internationally-managed relief supplies to Gaza were diverted into construction of the elaborate and highly-engineered tunnels under the territory that were used by Hamas terrorists to launch and coordinate rocket attacks and incursions into Israel that dramatically escalated in March.

The question though is how much of an accident is this really. International aid agencies routinely find ways to make payoffs to terrorists in exchange for being allowed to operate. The UN’s finances are more open than some, but that just makes the process trickier.

According to the audit report, the UNDP Palestinian program’s “direct implementation” authorization expired on June 30, 2012, and “the office did not seek its renewal until March 2014” — roughly around the time that Hamas commenced its latest large-scale rocket assault on Israel.

Moreover, that authorization still did not exist at the time the report was written; based on internal evidence, apparently in June. (The document was finalized in early July, and posted on UNDP’s website over the past weekend.)  It says only that “management is following with Headquarters” to get direct implementation renewed “as soon as possible.”

Interesting timing…

  • Dana Parker

    If the evidence proves that the UN was complicit, it would only give half the wanted result of “blame and shame.” When it comes to” shame,” that concept is unknown to the UN, and its potential to feel remorse or shame is Eichmannesque, at best. Today, they are falling over themselves in joy at being able to put Israel on the dock for acting lawfully, while they ignore Hamas and sit quietly as ISIS invades Iraq. What’s next, an ICC tribunal guided in part by Sharia?

  • Larry Larkin

    The UNRWA probably wasn’t complicit, but only because it was an active player and instigator of the diversion of jizya to the genocidists of Hamas.

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  • Conniption Fitz

    With terror tunnels under UN clinics, missiles in UN schools, and UN workers union run by Hamas, the answer is an obvious affirmative.
    The UN has become a defender of the indefensible, dubious, contorted, illogical and conflicting positions. The UN screams about children’s deaths, but ignore Islamist hate indoctrination and terrorist training for children, and many Islamist atrocities against children, most recently Boko Haram and ISIS. The UN is pushing abortion (the murder of one’s own children) as a human right.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    The U.N. has been a farce for years and in Gaza it is part of the enemy, therefore their onsite members should be considered legitimate enemy targets in conflict.

  • roccolore

    Since the UN gets US aid, the US practically funds Hamas.

    • Gee

      Not practically – partially. The funding is direct and in violation of US and international laws

  • Jim Powell

    Pumping water into the tunnels is an easy way of dealing with them. Water is relentless.

    • Gee

      And it dries. Sorry but a more permanent is required

  • wileyvet

    I’m shocked, shocked to find corruption and tunneling going on!

  • El Cid

    The UN exists to support UNRWA–a pepetually growing bureaucracy with a creeping mandate. It was originally to resettle refugees, now it is to grow the number of people called “refugees”.

    The people working for the UNRWA are same people that are part of HAMAS. The UN is explicitly anti-Israel. What’s difficult to understand?

    Everyone is paying protection money to the Hamas mafia. They started a war because the funds were drying up. Now, the money will flow again to shut down the violence.

    In the meantime, the real refugees, e.g. Syrians, Iraqis, etc. are getting very little support or recognition.

  • roccolore

    Muslim and liberal fascists like you are the parasites.

  • roccolore

    Muslims and liberals like you are the traitors.