Sept. 13, 2016
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl held an “extraordinary session” of the UNRWA Advisory Board in order to beg for more funds.
His justifications for asking for more and more money to give an agency that perpetuates, rather than solves, statelessness, are almost rudely self-serving and still relies on blaming Israel rather than the true culprits: itself and the Arab leaders.
Here is a key part of the speech:
Time and time again, I am confronted with the question of why the world should care about the fate of Palestine refugees when there are so many more pressing issues to deal with. Well, it should care:
Because the conditions facing the 5.3 million refugees are now worse than at any time since 1948.Because of Syria. And yet the UN inefficiently divides up Syrian refugees into “Palestinian” and “everyone else,” doubling up on resources and applying them unequally and inefficiently. If UNRWA wanted to save money it would give its Syria budget to UNHCR and allow them to support all Syrian refugees instead of the 95% or so it does. For UNRWA to demand funds for refugees from Syria simply because their ancestors happen to have lived in British Mandate Palestine for a time is hardly a smart use of worldwide refugee funding.
Because the absence of political horizon is draining them of their resolve and creativity.Yet if you look…