By Palestine Chronicle Staff
Palestinian activists circulated a photo on social media of a covered map of historic Palestine at a UNRWA-run school in Gaza’s Tal Alhawa’s neighborhood. This was the place where United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon delivered a press statement on his visit to the Gaza Strip on June 28, 2016.
The photo caused outrage among Palestinians who accused Ki-Moon of bias towards Israel.
Journalists who attended the press statement said UNRWA workers covered the map “to avoid troubles”.
Here's the map UNRWA covered up to hide reality pic.twitter.com/v3b1vrYINO
— Palestine Video (@PalestineVideo) June 28, 2016
Palestinians have always expressed their dissatisfaction with the UN’s Ban Ki-moon, who mastered the art of “expressing his concern” when Israel repeatedly violated the rights and lives of Palestinians.
Adnan Abuhasna, the media spokesperson for UNRWA in Gaza said, “Covering the map was a personal assessment by workers who were preparing for the visit. The map was uncovered again during the press conference”.
The Israeli army targeted UN facilities and schools during the various offensives on the Gaza Strip in 2008-9, 2012, and 2014. Many Palestinians who sought protection in the UN-run schools were killed.
Today, many Palestinians wonder if their history, just like their reality, will also be covered by the UNRWA, the very same agency which was meant to help them until they return to their towns and villages in present-day Israel.