Jan. 8, 2018
- UNRWA – The Great Palestinian Refugee Charade – Nadav Shragai
The twisted mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) prohibits the agency from resettling Palestinian “refugees” and finding them a permanent home. Unlike UNRWA, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has been properly tasked with ending the plight of refugees, but UNRWA has been essentially tasked with ensuring the Palestinians remain displaced.
The UN has never asked that Hindus be allowed back into Pakistan or that Greek Cypriots be allowed back to Turkish-controlled Cyprus. Over the years, tens of millions of refugees from a host of ethnicities have been resettled in new countries and rebuilt their lives.
UNRWA should have been eliminated and financially depleted regardless of the state of the peace process. Its very existence is designed to maintain the notion of the right of return, another name for Israel’s destruction. The writer, a veteran Israeli journalist, is a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. (Israel Hayom)