I have written countless times about UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency, which is the official UN agency for Palestinian refugees. It must be noted and stressed, for the umpteenth time, that the Palestinians are the only refugees who
- a) have their own dedicated refugee agency while all the rest of the world’s hundreds of millions of refugees are dealt with by one sole UN agency, the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and
- b) inherit their refugee status through the generations, such that the original 400,000 or so refugees in 1948 have now swollen to over 5 million, despite the vast majority of these pseudo-refugees being well settled in countries all over the globe.
Perversely their Arab brethren, who claim to be oh-so-concerned about the plight of these poor refugees, refuse to resettle these people in their own countries, keep them in permanent refugee camps while refusing to build them permanent housing, and even forbid them from working in many professions, or even from working at all. (See here for example.) The Jerusalem Post explains the situation thus:
UNRWA is a unique international body originally set up to assist hundreds of thousands of refugees displaced by the Arab war against the establishment of the State of Israel. Now, 70 years later, the organization offers aid the descendants of those refugees, numbering in the millions.
Thus the Palestinian refugee problem in the Middle East has grown to outsize proportions, and all purely so that they should remain a thorn in Israel’s side.
UNRWA, instead of helping the situation, has exacerbated it through their hate-filled, antisemitic educational agenda and, worse, permitting the likes of Hamas to use UNRWA schools and institutions as weapons storage bases or even for rocket-launchings.
Following Mahmoud Abbas’ latest anti-American and anti-Israel rant, the United States had enough and announced a cut of $65 million to their funding, following earlier reconsideration of the US’s grants to the agency:
The official told AFP the decision to withhold some funds was meant to encourage more “burden-sharing” by other members.
“The United States has been UNRWA’s single largest donor for decades. In years past, we contributed some 30 percent of UNRWA’s total income,” he said.
“Without the funds we are providing today, UNRWA operations were at risk of running out of funds and closing down.
“The funds provided by the United States will prevent that from happening for the immediate future.”
US President Donald Trump earlier this month threatened to cut US aid to the Palestinians, saying on Twitter that Washington gets “no appreciation or respect” from the Palestinians.
“We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect,” Trump tweeted on January 3.
“With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”
Although Trump referred to all US assistance to the Palestinians, the contribution to the refugee agency would be the first to be affected.
Israel has often criticized UNRWA, accusing it of sheltering terrorists and allowing Palestinians to remain refugees even after settling in a new city or country for many generations, thus complicating a possible resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
And the “gevalts” echoed around the world:
Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth on Monday called the US move “vindictive” and a “bullying tactic,” as he urged other governments to step in and fill the gap if the United States decides to definitely cut funding.
“It is vindictive for the US government to deprive the UN of money to feed and educate Palestinian children in order to blackmail the Palestinian Authority into rejoining Trump administration-led peace negotiations,” Roth said in a statement.
The do-gooding Europeans couldn’t leave well enough alone and decided to step into the breach, thus undoing the American’s courageous move:
The Netherlands and Belgium pledged a total of $38 million for the UN agency that provides aid to Palestinians following US funding cuts of $110 million.
Belgium’s government pledged $23.3 million in extra funding for UNRWA and the Dutch government said it would fast-track another $15 million in funding.
The United States announced its cuts on Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters that a $45 million payment pledged for the UNRWA food aid program would not go through for the time being. Earlier this week, the US said it would freeze $65 million pledged to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, transferring only $60 million.
According to UNRWA, the United States provided more than $350 million in aid to the organization in 2017.
It didn’t pass unchallenged:
hree lawmakers, including one from the ruling People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, submitted questions to Kaag in parliament this week about the decision.
“Why are you fast-tracking funding for UNRWA when there are so many potential groups with urgent needs?” they asked.
But consider the chart below:
Watch UN Watch’s video about UNRWA below:
And then this:
Even some Arabs agree with the US decision:
It’s amazing how the Arabs can see clearly what the Europeans are so blind to.
It turns out that Canada was the first to cut UNRWA funding:
It’s beyond time that UNRWA was disbanded and the remaining Palestinian refugees integrated into their host countries. The few who cannot be integrated for whatever reason can be dealt with by UNHCR, just like all the other millions of refugees worldwide. There is absolutely no excuse for a Jew-hating, terror-supporting agency to be supported by the UN and by the civilized West.
Kol hakavod to President Donald Trump for leading the way (or at least for following former Canadian PM Harper).