How Hamas diverted internationally-supplied concrete to build terror tunnels
Fox News has obtained a copy of an internal report
by a United Nations audit committee that reveals how Hamas diverted internationally supplied moneys and concrete for the construction of terror tunnels and the purchase of weapons. And guess who is right in the thick of things.... UNRWA
While controversy continues to swirl around the huge Hamas tunnel
network in Gaza, an internal United Nations audit report reveals that a
U.N. Development Program office that funds and monitors spending on
construction in the territory allowed at least five non-staff contract
employees to handle “core” procurement processes that only staffers are
supposed to handle, including those for ordering up “significant” civil
Moreover, the report says, of the UNDP office: “the Office was not
monitoring and recording actual work” performed by these individuals and
other contract employees handling “core” functions, and the terms of
reference for their employment “did not include specifications for
services provided to particular projects” — in other words, were
At the same time, the office’s internal financial tracking system — a
UNDP-wide system known as Atlas — was improperly recording at least $8
million worth of civil construction spending at far less than its full
value, a practice that UNDP auditors noted could keep the activity under
the radar of higher-level U.N. officials who must approve purchase
orders above defined cost threshold levels.
Moreover, the Palestinian program office was not properly keeping
track of expenditures or receipts in the financial system. The auditors
noted that in a sampling of 41 payment vouchers, 12 purchase orders did
not have receipts recorded in the system. “This practice,” the report
noted, “increases the risk of paying for goods that are not delivered.”
The same office of the anti-poverty United Nations Development
Program (UNDP) failed to use an electronic funds transfer system with
local banks that would have allowed the UNDP program to “be notified
electronically when any bank transactions take place,” including, as
the report delicately puts it, “transactions not made by UNDP.”
Taken together, the findings in the carefully manicured audit report —
which was vetted by UNDP management at the affected office — point to a
possible black hole in the supervision of civil construction, and
perhaps other programs in Gaza and the other Palestinian territories for
at least a year before the current explosion of terrorism.
The main purpose of the UNDP program, based in Jerusalem and like all
U.N. activities operating under diplomatic immunity from any national
authorities, was to provide funding and support for what the document
chastely calls “another U.N. entity” that coordinates the world
organization’s activity in Gaza.
That “entity” is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or
UNRWA, which has been accused for years — and especially during the last
major Israeli military response to Palestinian terrorist attacks from
Gaza in 2009 — of allowing Hamas to divert humanitarian supplies to its
own military purposes. UNWRA has some 13,000 employees in Gaza, the
overwhelming majority of them local Palestinians.
The watchdog report on the UNDP office, formally known as the UNDP
Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People, covered all of 2013 —
the period immediately leading up to the current explosion of Hamas
rocket attacks and Israeli’s now-suspended counter-incursion.
The document, produced by UNDP’s Office of Audit and Investigations,
does not offer anything like full insight into the irregular pattern of
activities surrounding the Palestinian program, although it clearly
indicates that there are more areas of concern.
Among other things, it notes that 43 people beyond the five
specifically mentioned as “examples’ are also “incorrectly” providing
“core functions” while operating on service contracts, without
specifying their activities.
The entire tally of non-staffers performing “core” functions
represents about one-quarter of the 187 service contract holders listed
as part of the program, which spent $90 million in 2013.
Read the whole thing
. Maybe this could be leveraged to dismantle UNRWA? We can only hope.
Labels: corruption, Gaza, Hamas, terror tunnels, United Nations, UNRWA