Hamas romps in Gaza union voting

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Hamas swept the 11 seats in voting for the teachers’ union at U.N. schools in the Gaza Strip.

Elections were held March 25, the Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.

Hamas has run the teachers’ unions of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools for the past 16 years, controlling U.N. schools and other academic institutions in Gaza.

The Palestine Liberation Organization won elections for two other UNRWA workers’ groups, with five of seven seats of the employees’ union and five out of nine in the services’ union, and will form the next Executive Council of the General Workers’ Union, according to the Post.  

Voter turnout was 97 percent, with 10,100 workers participating.

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