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UN to Tackle UNRWA Charter

Jewish groups say UN group perpetuates Palestinian "crisis" by granting refugee status to children and grandchildren of displaces Palestinians
Logo of the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.

Logo of the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.
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The United Nations will discuss revisions to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today at the organization headquarters in New York.

The organization has come under criticism from left-and right-wing Jewish groups in Israel, who say UNRWA perpetrates the Palestinian “refugee” issue by granting refugee status to the children and grandchildren of Palestinians who left their homes during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. No other displaced population enjoys such a broad definition of “refugee,” and no other refugee population has a UN relief organization dedicated specifically to its needs.

In addition, the organization has been accused of refusing solutions for permanent housing for Palestinian refugees in Judea and Samaria and Jordan. Observers say UNRWA schools are a hotbed of anti-Israel incitement and encourage children to retain their allegiance to the right of “return” to the homes their grandparents abandoned as little children.

As a result, UNRWA perpetuates the refugee issue (66 years after the War of Independence it is no longer a “crisis”) and empowers a Middle East culture that encourages dictators to blame Israel for all regional troubles in order to deflect local criticism of their minority rule.

As a result of UNRWA policies and Middle East politics, Palestinians in refugee camps around the Middle East suffer some of the most squalid living conditions in the world.

Monday’s discussion will focus on an initiative by the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, specifically on a proposal to change UNRWA’s definition of refugee. According to the Israel Hayom daily, the group argues that in contrast to other relief organizations that seek to resettle refugees, UNRWA has repeatedly prevented the resettlement of Palestinians. Additionally, while in other organizations the number of refugees is limited to those who fled their countries, UNRWA inflates its numbers by including all the descendants of the original Palestinian refugees from the War of Independence in 1948.

“There is no reason for a fifth-generation descendant, living in Gaza, to be considered by an organization supported by Western countries as a refugee from Palestine,” said former MK Einat Wilf, an activist who supports UNRWA reform.

Irit Kohn, the president of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, concurred: ["UNRWA] prolongs the refugee problem and does not facilitate any solution. Had the considerable funds that have been transferred [to it] been utilized properly, the situation could be totally different,” Israel Hayom reported.

UNRWA and the Nakba

The New York discussion comes on the heels of several embarrassing revelations about UNRWA in recent weeks. Last week, the Algemeiner Journal reported that UNRWA had refused to protest Hamas refusal to purchase vaccines and medicines for health clinics and hospitals in Gaza.

And last week, UNRWA officials attended a Nakba Day celebration in Gaza City dedicated to the supposed “right” of Palestinian refugees to immigrate to Israel.  At that ceremony, Palestinian children dedicated themselves to “returning” to long-destroyed villages in Israel.

“The Right of return is not subject to any statute of limitation, as it is a personal right that stems from the sanctity of the private property of the refugee according to which Jews had restored their confiscated properties after the Second World War,” the children said at a press conference at the Ministry of Culture. 

“It is an individual and collective right that could not be waived for any reason at any agreement or convention,” they added. 

 

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22 Responses to “UN to Tackle UNRWA Charter”

  1. They won’t resettle their refugees, they use them as pawns, how do they manage to keep their own families in such a state. Shame

  2. Tony Mark says:

    They don’t want settling, They Want to live out the rest of their “Lives” being Taken Care of.Pumping More of our Tax Moneys to pay for their Blown up Myrtyres.and families.,,,and inventing New Historical Events for their Racist and Antisemitic Education Programs, So they can Again be accepted as honorary members into International programes like UNESCO,,
    Next Question?.

  3. Aren’t Palestine originally from Egypt?

  4. Usani Utum says:

    The relief aid should be stopped, then they will go to their country syria

  5. Half the world (or more) have imagined Jewish “Protocols of Zion” type plots for years. They want to keep a restraint on Israel via the Arabs and Turks placed there. Blaming the “Palestinians” is a misdirection when it is the West and others behind it. If Israel is freed to completely fulfill its destiny religion in the West will collapse as Christianity will be proven completely false.

  6. Good question! They have not been resettled because the surrounding countries want them there to keep them as unhappy as possible so they will get angry and keep bombing Israel wishing they could drive Israel into the sea!

  7. Their country of origin will not take them back.

  8. who are these actors, anyone can claim to be a palestinian

  9. because they refuse to be any other way.

  10. actually far enough back they are greek

  11. Hope Faith says:

    They are to be a thorn in Israel’s side

  12. Larry Singleton says:

    HISTORY OF ISRAEL (and Fabricating Palestinian History) PART I

    In a Nutshell: “Israel vs. Islamists: Setting the Record Straight” by Phyllis Chesler Israel National News December 24, 2013
    http://www.meforum.org/3704/israel-vs-islamists

    The "Right of Return" Is Suicide for Israel by Jonathan Schanzer (MEF)
    http://www.meforum.org/334/the-right-of-return-is-suicide-for-israel

    JPost Annual Conference 2014: Caroline B. Glick

    Response to the Anti-Israel Event at London's St. James Church
    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4123/st-james-church

    History of Israel & “Palestine” in VERY Easy To Understand Maps
    masada2000-org/historical.html

    The Prophet Muhammad's 'Night Journey' was Not to Jerusalem but to Medina
    by Ahmad Muhammad 'Arafa
    http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/941.htm

    Fact Sheets: Remembering the Six-Day War
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/talking/53_Remembering67.html

    Fact Sheets: The Palestinian “Right of Return”
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/talking/2_return.html

    Media’s Lexicon Poisons Public Perceptions of Israel
    http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/12/24/media%E2%80%99s-lexicon-poisons-public-perceptions-of-israel/

    The History of the Middle East Conflict in 11 Minutes

    Founding National Myths Fabricating Palestinian History by David Bukay
    http://www.meforum.org/3273/palestinian-founding-national-myths

    Palestinians, Jebusites, and Evangelicals by David Wenkel Middle East Quarterly
    http://www.meforum.org/1713/palestinians-jebusites-and-evangelicals

    Why Israel is the Victim by David Horowitz (Front Page Mag.)
    http://frontpagemag.com/2013/david-horowitz/why-israel-is-the-victim/

    U.S. Aid to Israel: Why It’s a Must by David Meir-Levi (FrontPage Mag.)
    http://frontpagemag.com/2011/david-meir-levi/u-s-aid-to-israel-why-its-a-must/

    Myths & Facts Online by Mitchell G. Bard (Jewish Virtual Library)
    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/myths3/MFindex.html
    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/myths3/MFexclusives.html

    The war against the Jews by Efraim Karsh (MEF)
    http://www.meforum.org/3299/war-against-jews

    Delegitimizing the Jewish State by Bat Ye'or Middle East Quarterly
    http://www.meforum.org/2813/delegitimizing-the-jewish-state

    The revisionist history of Sari Nusseibeh by Efraim Karsh (Middle East Forum)
    http://www.meforum.org/3068/sari-nusseibeh-revisionist-history

    Are the Negev Bedouin an Indigenous People? Fabricating Palestinian History
    by Havatzelet Yahel, Ruth Kark, and Seth J. Frantzman MEQ
    http://www.meforum.org/3254/negev-bedouin-indigenous

    The Smoking Gun: Arab Immigration into Palestine, 1922-1931 by Fred M. Gottheil (MEQ)
    http://www.meforum.org/522/the-smoking-gun-arab-immigration-into-palestine

    How Many Palestinian Arab Refugees Were There? by Efraim Karsh (MEF)
    http://www.meforum.org/2875/how-many-palestinian-arab-refugees

    Rewriting Israel's History by Efraim Karsh (MEQ)
    http://www.meforum.org/302/rewriting-israels-history

    Hamas from Cradle to Grave by Matthew Levitt (MEQ)
    http://www.meforum.org/582/hamas-from-cradle-to-grave

    PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: I Will Never Recognize a Jewish State
    http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3163.htm

    PLO ambassador says Palestinian state should be free of Jews
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-09-13/palestinian-israeli-jews-future-state-israel-PLO/50394882/1

    Arafat's Swiss Bank Account by Issam Abu Issa (MEQ)
    http://www.meforum.org/645/arafats-swiss-bank-account

    Palestinians by Eli E. Hertz (“All [that Palestinians] can agree on as a community is what they want to destroy, not what they want to build.” (pdf)
    http://www.mythsandfacts.org/Conflict/7/palestinians.pdf

    Jordan Is Palestinian by Mudar Zahran (MEQ)
    http://www.meforum.org/3121/jordan-is-palestinian

    The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem by Daniel Pipes
    http://www.danielpipes.org/84/the-muslim-claim-to-jerusalem

    More on the Muslim Claim to Jerusalem by Daniel Pipes
    http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2001/11/more-on-the-muslim-claim-to-jerusalem

    Constructing a Counterfeit History of Jerusalem by Daniel Pipes
    http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2002/05/counterfeit-history-jerusalem

    The Christian Aid Conference on Peace and Justice in the Holy Land by Denis MacEoin
    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3529/christian-aid-conference-holy-land

    The Battle over Silwan by Shaul Bartal (MEF)
    http://www.meforum.org/3281/silwan

    Myths and Facts UN Resolution 181 – The Partition Plan November 29, 1947
    http://www.mythsandfacts.org/conflict/10/resolution-181.pdf

    Palestinians ‘Peoplehood’ Based on a Big Lie Eli E. Hertz (Front Page Mag.)
    http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=30960

    The Hostages of Hatred – full documentary
    http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2009/02/hostages-of-hatred-full-documentary.html

    Hostages of Hatred Part 1

    David Horowitz Chilling Exchange With Muslim Student (MSA)
    youtube-com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=ownvVnxRaUY&NR=1

  13. Larry Singleton says:

    Even if you think you know about this issue, The Haj by Leon Uris is the book to read. This and Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabriel should be sold as a gift set.

    And:

    Martin Kramer:
    Gaza is a place with no Israeli settlements, from which Israel has totally withdrawn to the 1967 lines, and which nonetheless has become a Hamas terror state. That’s what happens in conditions of Gazafication. So when people say that in a two-state solution, Palestinians would have a "right of return" to the West Bank and not Israel, I do not find that particularly reassuring either. Any influx of Palestinians across the Jordan poses a problem for Israel, and it is naive to dismiss it. I would like to hear how, in a two-state scenario, Gazafication of the West Bank can be prevented. I haven't heard it yet.

    Neither have I.

    Read The Haj by Leon Uris. And ask these questions:

    What year did the nation of Palestine come into existance?
    What were its national borders and what year did it cease to exist?
    What currency did the nation of Palestine use and why is there no history of it?
    Name one leader to the “nation of Palestine” prior to Yasser Arafat.

    In a Nutshell: Israel vs. Islamists: Setting the Record Straight by Phyllis Chesler Israel National News December 24, 2013
    meforum-org/3704/israel-vs-islamists

    JPost Annual Conference 2014: Caroline B. Glick

  14. Allen Miller says:

    The Palestinians don’t want peace. THEY WANT ISRAEL!

  15. Allen Miller says:

    The Palestinians don’t want peace. THEY WANT ISRAEL!

  16. THEY ARE REFUGES FROM JORDAN

  17. its all created for the purpose of disenfranchising the state of Israel and the world community has become their co-conspirators.

  18. They do not want to be settled. They enjoy crying poor me and hope oxfam will give them money and bombs

  19. Felix Agawin says:

    crooked minds shall be set more to its fine direction……and path….

  20. UN has the belief that one day they will come and occupy the Holy Land. Forgetting God is in control of everything in this earth and His plans will NEVER change. UN look for settlements of these people so we can have real peace in the Holy Land. Do whatever you do, but God's Word is sealed with His Son's blood.

  21. Would someone please start a petition to the UN to put a stop to this horrendous abuse of funding, to supporting terrorism and perpetuating the incitement of hate and murder of the Israeli (and Jewish) peoples….

  22. We need a peitition to be sent to the UN that calls for the cessation of tax payers money to support this horrendous parasitical Palestinian 'refugee' problem. Why would they want to not be 'supported' by us? 36,000 of them are employed by UNWRHA, and they exist to show the world how terrible the Israelis are for keeping them there, whilst in effect that is where they want to be. And no Arab country wants them either!

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