Top employee at EU-, UN-funded Gaza hospital quotes ‘Protocols of Zion‘

Simon Weisenthal Center demands fund freeze until Palestinian institution fires worker, apologizes for his Facebook post

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

The European Gaza Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip. (YouTube screenshot)
The European Gaza Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip. (YouTube screenshot)

The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday called for the withdrawal of UN and EU funding from a Gaza Strip hospital whose director of public relations posted quotations from the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion on his private Facebook page.

The Protocols documents as fact an imaginary late-19th-century meeting at which Jewish leaders, the “Elders of Zion,” purportedly plan their takeover of the world.

Yahya Al Nawajha, director of public relations and media at the European Gaza Hospital in the southern Strip, referred on Facebook to Victor Marsden’s English translation of the Tsarist protocols and included a link to download the book.

Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations, called for the immediate withdrawal of the hospital’s UN and EU funding until the hospital apologizes, issues a public repudiation of all forms of Jew-hatred, and fires Al Nawajha.

Even if the post appeared on a personal page, the hospital bore full responsibility, he charged.

Samuels wrote to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini that it was “inappropriate” for a high official of a European- and UN-funded hospital to post a link to what is considered “the anti-Semite’s Bible” and “a warrant for genocide.”

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