UN probes envoy's alleged ties to Hamas supporters

Geneva NGO UN Watch claims Francesca Albanese, Special Rapporteur to Palestinian territories had foreign travel funded donations made by pro-Hamas groups impacting her reporting on matters of human rights and her anti-Israel positions

The UN has launched an investigation against Francesca Albanese, the organization's Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories responsible for issuing reports on the human rights situation in the area.
The probe aims to determine whether Albanese, who consistently accuses Israel of human rights violations, illegally received $20,000 in funding from Hamas-supporting organizations —to pay for her trip to Australia and New Zealand during which she pressured a local pension fund to divest from Israel.
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פרנצ'סקה אלבנזה
פרנצ'סקה אלבנזה
Francesca Albanese
Albanese claimed the UN paid for her trip to Australia, but a UN spokesperson refused to confirm her claim. A pro-Hamas Australian organization initially boasted it had "funded" the UN representative's trip.
Albanese previously served as UNRWA’s legal advisor and was the first to be condemned for antisemitism by France and Germany as a UN representative in charge of writing and filing human rights reports.
In 2022, Albanese was also condemned by the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism after it was revealed she had launched a fundraising appeal for UNRWA, claiming that "America is subjugated by the Jewish lobby." Last year, a group of 18 lawmakers from both major U.S. parties condemned Albanese's refusal to denounce terrorism against Israelis.
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מועצת הביטחון של האו"ם יום לאחר המתקפה האיראנית על ישראל
מועצת הביטחון של האו"ם יום לאחר המתקפה האיראנית על ישראל
UN Security Council
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The investigation, to be conducted by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk, was initiated following a complaint filed in June by United Nations Watch, an independent NGO based in Geneva. The organization demanded Albanese be removed from the UN.
UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer called on the UN Human Rights Council to remove Albanese from her position due to her financial misconduct and her repeated statements inciting antisemitism and justifying Hamas terrorism.
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