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For Palestine, international consensus has become a platform for inaction

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In a recent meeting with representatives from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat once again wasted an opportunity to demand the implementation of the Palestinian right of return. UNRWA’s mandate renewal, Erekat declared, “reflects the international political consensus on the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes from which they were forcibly displaced.” What should be done with the international political consensus, however, did not form part of Erekat’s statement.

When the UN secretary-general is reported to have conspired with Israel to find alternatives for UNRWA, international consensus loses much of its power. Apart from the fact that the UN did nothing other than create humanitarian programmes for Palestinians to purportedly counter their forced displacement, the duplicitous role the UN has engaged in makes UNRWA’s mandate a fragile reality.


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