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The UN cultural agency was accused Thursday of endorsing a Gaza university that Israel calls a breeding ground for Hamas terrorists.

On Wednesday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established a chair in astronomy, astrophysics and space sciences at the controversial Islamic University in Gaza (IUG).

The decision shocked Israel, which bombed a wing of the university during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09 because it said laboratories were being used to build bombs.


In a statement, a spokesman for the Israeli government said, “The Islamic University of Gaza is a known greenhouse and breeding ground for Hamas terrorists.

That UNESCO should choose to establish a chair in such a university damages further [its] reputation and it creates uncomfortable and inappropriate bedfellows

“UNESCO’s motto is that ‘It is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed,’ yet the Islamic University of Gaza…

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