H/T: Chanah S:
Despite the transparently false claim they are “apolitical”, residents of El-Aida were and probably still are virulent Jew-hating terrorists and their supporters, as evidenced in the Washinton Examiner article below.
During the Second Intifada, Tanzim terrorists from El Aida occupied historically Christian Beit Jala, so they could use homes overlooking Route 60 to shoot at cars and into Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood. They also raped and killed two sisters in Beit Jalla. Leftist apologists deflect these stories, saying they are an attempt to destroy “Palestinian unity”.:
Uncovering the Truth about a West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camp
by Clifford Smith
The Washington Examiner
September 7, 2016
|Walls like this abound in Aida. The names include Ibrahim Jundiya (left) and Bassam Abu Akr (2nd from left), both in jail for masterminding suicide bombings in Israel.|
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees claims that its mission ishumanitarian, apolitical, and dedicated to non-violence. Yet UNRWA’s critics claim otherwise, citing evidence of resistance to resettling refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, a conflict which resulted in an unprecedented legal claim to the so-called “right of return” for descendants of prior residents of Israel.
This summer, I decided to visit an UNRWA camp and judge for myself.
With a female Arab reporter serving as my guide, I set out from Jerusalem for the UNRWA camp in Aida, a West Bank town just on the other side of the security fence.
Aida is not like what one might imagine a “refugee” camp to look like. There are no tents, temporary offices, or makeshift medical facilities. Instead, it resembles a slum, similar to ones in the U.S., but covered in political graffiti including militant anti-Israel slogans and heroes of the “resistance” who have been “martyred” or taken prisoner.
|UNRWA’s critics claim it has resisted resettlement of refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.|
My guide arranged for me to meet the director of the camp, Ibrahim Abu Srour, by telling him of my connections to Congress. Abu Srour proudly explained how UNRWA moved from providing tents in 1950 to now providing healthcare, education and cultural enrichment.
The one thing it can’t provide them is sufficient jobs — 35 percent of Aida residents are unemployed.
Abu Srour stressed that the camp is “neutral” and not “political.” By “political,” he clearly meant part of Hamas, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades or other terrorist groups. Anyone caught using their resources for “politics” wouldn’t receive UNRWA’s help. Paradoxically, he also said that his staff documents every interaction camp residents have with Israelis and pays to fix their houses when damaged by Israeli retaliation against terrorist attacks.