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Former Israeli Ambassador Oren says US should kick UN headquarters out of New York City

"They should relocate to a more minimal place like Damascus or Tehran," Oren said.

Published: February 13, 2024 11:01pm

Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said that it's time the U.S. kicked the United Nations headquarters out of New York City, following allegations that multiple employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) were involved in carrying out the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel.

"I think it's high time that the United States told the U.N. that it's 'persona non grata' in the city of New York," Oren said on the Monday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. 

According to a report from Fox News Digital, Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant said that "dozens" of UNRWA staff were involved in the Hamas-led massacre which killed roughly 1,200 people.

Last month, Israel initially accused 12 U.N. Relief and Works Agency staffers of participating in the Oct. 7 massacre.

In response, multiple countries, including the United States, cut funding to UNRWA, at least temporarily. 

"I don't understand why New York should host an avowedly antisemitic organization," Oren said. "They should relocate to a more minimal place like Damascus or Tehran."

Over the weekend, the Israeli Defense Forces discovered a tunnel network that runs partly under UNRWA's Gaza headquarters.

According to Reuters, the IDF said that it is evidence that Hamas has been exploiting the main relief agency for Palestinians amid the war.