“One of the main obstacles on the path to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA),” Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, wrote at the beginning of the year. “The UN agency [was] founded with the purpose of assisting only Palestinian refugees, and that perpetuates the fantasy of their return.”
Prosor went on to explain that “the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC), the U.N.’s worldwide refugee agency, has dealt with some 66 million true refugees from civil wars, blood-soaked conflicts and natural disasters in recent years. Meanwhile, UNRWA, which was founded in 1949 specifically for Palestinian refugees when there were only some 700,000, ostensibly assists 5.3 million people it defines as refugees today, but any connection they have to true refugee status is completely incidental. For starters, some of these refugees do not exist at all. The most recent population census in Lebanon found that two-thirds of the refugees listed in UNRWA reports were simply made up. Some 300,000 people exist only in UNRWA reports. It is clear that...
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