Friday, June 3, 2016

UNRWA Is Special and Singular--But Not In a Good Way

As Yoram Ettinger (a gentleman and a scholar whom I once had the privilege of meeting) observes, there is nothing--and I mean nothing--like UNRWA (my bolds):
UNRWA was established on December 8, 1949 as a temporary, 2-3-year relief agency, but became permanent, the largest UN agency, overstaffed, featuring a $1 BN pension fund, and used as a dagger aimed at Israel. 
UNRWA deals only with Palestinian refugees, employing 30,000 people, compared with 6,400 people employed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which deals with 60 million refugees. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees resolves/ends refugees’ status and minimizes their numbers; UNRWA perpetuates and exacerbates refugees’ status and inflates their numbers. 
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as stipulated by the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees: refugee status is not inherited by descendants, but UNRWA applies refugee status in perpetuity – very liberally without much scrutiny - to Arabs (including foreign laborers) who were in Palestine for only two years before the 1948 war. 
In 2012, UNRWA employees “elected candidates affiliated with Hamas terrorists to 25 out of 27 seats on a union board that represents ten thousand UNRWA workers.  UNRWA facilities were used by Hamas in 2014 to store missiles.
In other words, UNRWA is as much a terrorist entity as Hamas is. But since, incredibly, it has managed to retain its humanitarian gloss, usefully idiotic infidels continue to accord it both credibility and funding, neither of which it deserves. (Dare we call those lopsided numbers vis-à-vis UNRWA and the UN refugee agency that serves the rest of the world's refugees a "disproportionate response"?)

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