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UNRWA must operate alongside a collective effort to help Palestinians achieve their political rights

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December 8, 1949 marked the establishment of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Despite the recent Israeli-US conspiracy to eliminate the agency, as well as its internal shortcomings as evidenced by allegations of corruption and misconduct, it continues to provide services for Palestinian refugees 70 years later.

UNRWA is riddled with limitations, mostly due to the fact that donors are also collaborators in Israeli colonialism. In his speech commemorating the agency’s 70th anniversary, Acting Commissioner-General Chris Saunders referred to UNRWA’s renewed mandate, stating that “the UN General Assembly [UNGA] demonstrated its strong support for UNRWA and Palestine refugees.”

The other side to this narrative is the UNGA’s refusal to hold Israel to account for creating and perpetuating the plight of Palestinian refugees. As long as the international community finances aid for, and abuse against, Palestinians, UNRWA will remain relevant to the Palestinians, irrespective........

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