Chris Gunness Reacts To Allegations Of Jihadi Lessons In UNRWA Schools

UNRWA head Chris Gunness has appeared on Fox News, defending – no, deflecting – the fact that Jihadi lessons are being taught in URNWA schools.

Elder of Ziyon has this to say:

The reason I know Gunness is lying is because I did my own research project in 2012. I visited  the websites of UNRWA schools in Gaza - all with the “” domain – and looked to see what sort of materials were there.

I found that the UNRWA school system in Gaza was hardly secular. They had job postings for “religious instruction” teachers.School websites had articles extolling the virtues of martyrdom. A poem at the website of a central school site talked about how Zionists raped Palestine and how the author will return to Jaffa

Palestine should know I adore madness
Jaffa, I should know I’ll come back to it
Let him know it’s the crazy sons of Zion
With their thought of raping Palestine
The land of Canaan will be only to those who love her
Those who are occupied by people who do not
The land of Isra and Mi’raj cradle of the prophets
The land of jihad and martyrdom

There are stories of young men who asked their parents for permission to wage jihad and who died heroically.

As I noted then then, all of these examples directly contradict what UNRWA’s stated educational standards are, which include the idea that they are “tolerant and open minded, upholding human values and religious tolerance.”

Are Palestinian Christians forced to attend mandatory Quran classes run by UNRWA? Should the UN be in the Islamic education business? How much of UNRWA’s budget goes towards “religious education?” Are Western donors to UNRWA even aware that they are funding these lessons of jihad and martyrdom?

Guess what happened when I publicized this on my blog? Within a couple of weeks, every single one of these school websites were taken down. No acknowledgement, no apology, no relluctant press releases about how UNRWA has failed its mission.

Instead, Chris Gunness engineered a coverup.

In the meantime, this is how the interview with Gunness should have gone.

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  • walt kovacs

    in the original vid, gunness says “my pleasure” before he starts his croc tears

    was he given directions on how to cry for the camera?

    • dabney

      He also spends a few seconds trying hard to well up some tears. Like we used to do as children.

  • Jim from Iowa

    Did you ever notice how many female Fox News on-air news personalities are blondes? It’s almost like Roger Ailes has a fetish for this. Fair and Blondeness more than Fair and Balanced, I’m thinking.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I’ve noticed that for a long time. In fact, one critic more than ten years ago said that Fox News features “leggy blonde anchors.”

    • CableLegend

      Oh, he definitely has a thing for a certain look. Shannon Bream’s eyes are so blue that she really stands out on TV, especially with all the blue background. IIRC, she is married to former MLB first basemen Sid Bream’s brother- just a little fun fact.

    • Vlad Tepes

      Did you noticed how many anchors on CNN, NBC, BBC @ co are male gays with a tingle down their leg?

      I’m sure you did, and you enjoy it very much. Is more than a fetish on those broadcasters, is a policy.

      As for me, is sad I’m stuck only with CNN International and their 24/7 pro-muslim propaganda – at least they stopped airing the gay/god muslim 0bama every 30 minutes like few years ago. I would LOVE to watch FOX and their blondes instead.

      • CableLegend

        A very curious comment. I only know of one anchor that gets a tingle up his leg and he is a heterosexual man, married, father of 3. In addition to the tingles, he also drools, slobbers & spits when he gets really excited. Old Tingles Matthews is one of a kind.

        • Jim from Iowa

          Chris Matthews is the least-liked American cable news on-air personality in the business as indicated in a recent poll (sorry, I don’t remember which one). He does the worst interviews of anyone I can think of. He talks over his guests, and has a tendency instead of asking straightforward questions, of editorializing in long-winded diatribes. And he drools.

          • CableLegend

            I agree.

      • Jim from Iowa

        You seem to harbor some hostility toward gay men for some reason.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Gunness is a phony and a fraud. He had no choice but to change the subject. I hope that the U.S. Congress finally votes to defund UNRWA despite all the State Department bitching and moaning about its “humanitarian” work.

  • dabney

    Genius editing!

  • CableLegend

    I watched this last night & he kept mentioning that the curriculum in East Palestine (UNWRA Schools) was approved by the Israel Education Dept. (I don’t recall the exact name)….that struck me as odd; I’m sure someone here can better explain this but would Israel have any control over what was taught in a UNRWA school?

    BTW- I like how he pulled his earpiece in an effort to avoid being cutoff.

    Finally, he sounds like a US democrat w/ his cheap shots about FOX & the idea that W provided them with their most funding somehow proves anything. Clearly Guinness is not a US American so I wonder where he is getting his talking points?

  • anneinpt

    Isn’t he a disgusting disrespectful piece of work for taking out his ear-piece so that he can just talk over the anchor. He demands answers to his questions but doesn’t let Kelly answer, and he won’t answer questions asked of him.

    He’s totally unconvincing even to someone uninvolved and his overweening attitude is totally off-putting. Yuk. I’m glad he’s on the enemy’s side. I wouldn’t want him on my side for all the money in the world.

  • Asher

    Wow Chris Gunness lost his mind on here. Not sure if utterly hilarious or just sad

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