UNRWA’s Top Official Pierre Krahenbuhl Quits Over Misconduct Allegations


Earlier this year I reported how an internal ethics report alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of UNRWA, including “credible and corroborated” allegations of serious ethical abuses, including involving UNRWA’s top official, Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl.

He’s now quit over the allegations.

The UN Secretary-General’s office announced on Wednesday that the head of the agency that aids Palestinian refugees resigned on Wednesday following an internal investigation into misconduct allegations.

Swiss national Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), stepped down after being placed on “administrative leave” earlier on Wednesday.

The resignation comes after an ethics report raised allegations of possible sexual misconduct, nepotism and other abuses of power within the agency.

I hereby rename him Krähenbülbul. And if you don’t understand Hebrew, here’s why.

And here’s hoping UNRWA implodes.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.