The problem with UNRWA

Set up in 1948, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency has a stated goal of helping Palestinian refugees – but many accuse it of perpetuating Palestinian suffering.

September 4, 2014 11:30
A palestinian child

A palestinian child sits in a car after her family received food supplies from the UNRWA headquarters in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, in this photo from November, 2012. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Like other Israelis who spent time overseas this past summer, former MK Einat Wilf was exposed to the harsh images of Gaza portrayed on the TV screen.

“Over and over again, I would watch as the IDF was shown bombing Palestinian UNRWA schools in Gaza. It looked just awful. None of the reporters ever said anything about UNRWA’s connection to Hamas and that it’s barely monitored by the UN, and that its only agenda is to perpetuate the refugee status of the Palestinians.”


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