If you had an endless source of aid, would you do anything to change your status? UNRWA is the problem, not the solution.
Israel argues that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is perpetuating the Palestinian refugee problem, while the Palestinian leadership opposes any attempt to seek a solution.
The Palestinians’ status as “refugees” ensures an endless flow of international aid along with other financial benefits.
For example, a so-called Palestinian refugee receives quadruple the amount of aid that a Syrian, Iraqi or African refugee receives from the UN.
A study released in September shows that in 2016, UNRWA, which provides assistance solely to Palestinians, spent an average of $246 for each of the 5.3 million Palestinians it defines as refugees, while the UNHCR spent only a quarter of that amount – $58 per refugee – on non-Palestinians.
But is UNRWA actually helping the Palestinians, or keeping them in a perpetual state of “victimhood”?
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