US diplomat says United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) must end

by Avi Abelow

Now even former aid workers familiar with UNRWA are saying what needs to be said.  This must end! Dave Harden was the longest-serving US diplomat in Israel when he finished his posting as head of USAID’s West Bank & Gaza office. He’s a seasoned professional in the Palestinian aid industry. So when he says it’s time to phase out UNRWA because it has created a culture of welfare dependency–his voice should be heard.


The UNRWA is the biggest financial scam in the world. It receives all of its funding from UN member states, mostly from the USA.

The UN created the RWA in December 1949 to take care of one population – the Arab refugees from the 1948 war with Israel. Today it has over 5 million registered “palestinian” Arab refugees.

But here is the twist, there is NO Need for this UN authority. The UN has the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  They are the main UN refugee agency.  They are responsible to provide aid for all refugees in the world. The only population that has its own agency is the Arabs from the 1948 conflict with Israel.  That is how the absurd rules continue for decades and decades.

Systematic Anti-Semitism

The existence of UNRWA is the clearest sign of systematic anti-semitism at the international organizational level. The mandate for UNHCR is to eliminate the refugee status by resettling refugees in third countries.  However, the mandate for the UNRWA is to take care of the Arab refugees and allow the descendants to “inherit” the refugee status.  The refugee status applies until the refugees receive the right to return into Israel. This is a blatant anti-Israel bias, that exists for no other refugee population.

All other refugee populations diminish over the years. Yet, the “palestinian” Arab refugee population has grown from 700,00 in 1948 to over 5 million.  The refugees never die.

The world, especially the USA, pours billions and billions of dollars into growing a refugee population.  This keeps them dependent on international aid, even 70 years after they first became refugees. This is unheard of for any other refugee population.

Dr. Risch

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