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The easiest way to shut down UNRWA is to let the refugees return home

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11.10.2018

When Donald J Trump was three years old the UN General Assembly met a few blocks away from where he was born and adopted Resolution 302. That was in December 1949 and the resolution created the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

That child is now 72 years old, a very rich man, and the 45th President of the United States, however childish he might still sound sometimes. UNRWA, on the other hand, is 69 years old and the target of his anger, criticism, meanness, and frugality. Trump, is, quite simply, not happy with UNRWA and wants it out of the way.

Let’s remember that UNRWA was created to provide humanitarian aid to around 750,000 Palestinians who lost everything to the Zionist militias before and after the creation of the state of Israel in their land. The idea then was very innocent; the Palestinian refugees would soon return to their homes, businesses, and schools, it was believed, so the work of the agency would have been finished decades before Trump even thought about the presidency of his country.

UNRWA and Palestinian refugees are being treated unfairly – Cartoon [AlArabi21News/Twitter]

However, none of 750,000 Palestinians have ever gone back home. UNRWA kept expanding because the number of people it cares for increased in number. UNRWA-run refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank grew to cope with ever bigger families. A family of two forced to leave their East Jerusalem home in 1948 is today a family of dozens; the average Palestinian household is estimated at 4.6 people. All are regarded in international law as refugees, even if they........

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