Pledging Conference for UNRWA held in New York on 25 June 2018. © 2018 Photo by the United Nations
The United Nations security personnel on Monday prevented Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, from bringing a poster of Adolf Hitler to a General Assembly session dedicated to discussing the financial crisis of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
According to the Middle East Monitor, Israeli media outlets claimed Erdan wanted to highlight a social media post by a UNRWA teacher which glorified Hitler.
A UN spokesperson said UN protocol prevents ambassadors from using props when delivering speeches.
On Monday, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini presented a report to the General Assembly about the challenges of providing services to 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Lazzarini also addressed allegations of incitement and anti-Semitism in some of UNRWA classrooms and in some social media posts by its staff, saying: "I am deeply proud of our education system and its resources. UNRWA uses host country curricula in line with best practices in refugee education."