Special to WorldTribune.com
The United Nations has fired some employees for its relief agency for Palestinian refugees over their antisemitic postings on Facebook.
A report by the Geneva-based group UN Watch exposed nearly a dozen employees of the UNRWA agency whose antisemitic Facebook posts led to their dismissal.
“Some allegations have found to be authentic, others not,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said at a press briefing.
The UN added that it was “working closely with Facebook’s legal team” to remove postings in violation of its social media rules. “These postings have been removed and the staff have been subject to both remedial and disciplinary action, including suspension and loss of pay.”
About 90 unauthorized Facebook pages alleged to belong to “UNRWA staff” were removed from the site. The UN said the individuals who posted those pages either never had been or were no longer with UNRWA.
The UN said it was continuing to investigate other such allegations.
UN Watch welcomed the UN’s acknowledgment of and swift action against the employees but also wanted the UN to reveal which staffers profiled by the watchdog group’s report were dismissed and whether more cases of UN employees posting antisemitic incitement were discovered.