Headline RoundupJanuary 30th, 2024

Israeli Intel Reportedly Suggests 10% of UNRWA Staffers Linked to Islamic Terror

Summary from the AllSides News Team

An Israeli intelligence dossier reportedly alleges that 10% of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) nearly 13,000 employees are connected to Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The Details: The dossier reportedly claims that 190 UNRWA employees, some who double as teachers, are “hardened militants.” It has not been made public.

For Context: Israeli officials accused 12 staffers of participating in Hamas’ October 7 terror attack, which prompted the U.S. to halt funding to the organization on Friday. The UNRWA fired the 12 accused, but many Western nations have followed Washington’s lead

Who Saw The Memo?: The “10% detail” was initially reported by The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) on January 29. Reuters (Center bias) was the first to report the detail about the “hardened” militants. 

How The Media Covered It: Some outlets framed headlines around these details, like The Times of Israel (Center bias) and The New York Post (Lean Right bias), although coverage was most common on the Right. Reuters’ coverage initially did not include the “10% detail” but was updated late on January 29. Israeli outlet Haaretz (Lean Left bias) republished a Reuters’ wire with a subheadline framed around the detail. The New York Times (Lean Left bias), instead of updating its January 28 coverage, published a new article featuring the “10% detail” late on January 29.

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