UNRWA was established to provide jobs and relief to Palestinian refugees [File: Nasser Nasser/AP]

New York City, US – The UN Palestinian refugee agency’s Chief of Staff Hakam Shahwan has left the organisation over a “totally unacceptable” email, the agency has said.

The email, which was sent to Al Jazeera in late June, attempted to discredit the alleged author of an internal report written by UNRWA‘s ethics office.

Al Jazeera, which has obtained a copy of the report, received the pseudonymous email shortly after contacting UNRWA’s press office with inquiries about the ethics report, which describes alleged abuses of power by a number of individuals in UNRWA’s most senior management team, including Shahwan.

When Al Jazeera subsequently contacted the agency about the email,

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