Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and candidate for the job of UN Secretary General 2016. (Photo by Luiz Rampelotto/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
August 9, 2016 – Following today’s indictment of a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) aid worker in Gaza for supporting Hamas terrorist activities (see press release below), UN Watch is calling on UNDP chief Helen Clark, a candidate to be the next UN Secretary-General, to draw conclusions, and for Ban Ki-moon to urgently establish an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate the apparently pervasive subversion in Gaza of UN and other international humanitarian aid funds by Hamas.
“When a vital UN aid agency is involved in hiding weapons for a terrorist organization and building its military infrastructure, there must be accountability, and it must come from the top,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “Helen Clark must take responsibility.”
“No one is accusing UNDP senior management in New York of knowingly aiding Hamas activities, but when they fail to implement minimum controls in a place ruled by a murderous regime—as documented with OCHA in Syria—that could amount to extremely reckless conduct,” said Neuer.
“Sadly, UNDP has a history of pandering to the Hamas regime in Gaza, including in numerous public statements which have whitewashed Hamas’ weaponization of homes, schools, and hospitals.”
“While UNDP and its partner UNRWA insist that they act solely in response to humanitarian need, with impartiality and neutrality, and that their goal is to improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people, the disparity with their compliant approach to Hamas appears to be influenced by their fear of being expelled from Gaza, or of other more severe consequences, requiring that they stay in the good graces of the Hamas regime,” said Neuer.