The UN Agency Dedicated to the Palestinians Is Corrupt and Aims at Harming Israel

Yesterday the head of the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA)—created in 1949 to provide humanitarian relief to Arab refugees from Israel’s War of Independence—resigned amidst a corruption scandal involving misuse of funds and an affair with a subordinate. As Frank Musmar notes, corruption is but one of many problems with the organization, which caters not just to refugees but to their descendants and, contrary to its original mission, seeks not to settle them in the countries where they live but to keep them in a perpetual state of dependency. He writes:

UNRWA has prolonged rather than resolved the plight of Palestinian refugees. Worse, by encouraging the Palestinian fixation on the “right of return”—the standard euphemism for the destruction of Israel via demographic subversion—it impedes negotiations for a permanent peace agreement. The agency should be eliminated and the responsibility for [the remaining] Palestinian refugees shifted to the UN high commissioner of refugees (UNHCR).

Not for the first time, the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services is currently investigating UNRWA’s top management for abuses of power, including sexual misconduct, nepotism, bullying, and retaliation. The Swiss, Dutch, and Belgian governments have all suspended payments to UNRWA while the investigation is ongoing.

Perhaps not surprisingly in view of the above, the agency has adopted a culture of secrecy about itself. It employs about 30,000 people—compared with the 11,000 employees of UNHCR [the UN’s main agency for refugees] for the rest of the world’s 17 million refugees and displaced persons. Most of its staff are Palestinians and many are known members of Hamas; indeed, Hamas membership can help one get a UN job on the West Bank.

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With Friends Like Europe, Israel Doesn’t Need Enemies

Nov. 21 2019

Last week the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that any foodstuffs produced by Jews or Jewish-owned businesses in areas of Israel outside the 1949 armistice lines must be labeled as such. The legal decision renders binding an advisory ruling issued by the European Commission in 2015. Caroline Glick comments on the latest ruling, which, she notes, emanates from a group of countries that insist they are “friends” of the Jewish state:

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