Gaza Palestinian loses UN position over alleged ties to Hamas


(JTA) — A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip is no longer employed by a United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees following accusations by Israel that he was elected a leader of the Hamas terrorist group.

Agency leaders did not tell the media who inquired over the weekend whether Suhail al-Hindi resigned or was fired from the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, according to reports.

Al-Hindi was suspended in February as chairman of the agency’s Palestinian workers’ union and the principal of the UNRWA’s Palestine Boys’ Elementary School after the accusations by Israel, according to reports.

Al-Hindi has denied any ties to Hamas.

In 2011, Al-Hindi was suspended from a UNRWA position after meeting with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

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