Aug. 19, 2018
Ma’an published an op-ed by Ali Hweidi, a writer and researcher on Palestinian affairs from Lebanon, about the threat of closing down UNRWA.
He begins by stating a truth that UNRWA’s supporters in the West vehemently deny.
The calls for the establishment of alternative institutions to UNRWA are a strategic threat that weakens the political power of the refugee issue and turns it into a humanitarian issue.
That’s exactly it. UNRWA was always meant to be a humanitarian agency, but the Palestinians and Arab world turned the refugee issue into a political issue — a means to attack Israel and not actually solve the problem.