Thursday, August 7, 2008

Revamping UNRWA

Dr Pete Berkowitz over yonder at the Hoover Institute (Oh! He got game!) wracked up a score at Washington Times with a killer piece that makes a great case for Great Satan and all her hot! democrazy girlfriends to embrace UN in a wicked, squeeze it to death embrace.

One of UN's many many corrupt, inept risible orgs is called United Nations Refugee Admin. UNRWA in show biz talk, is especially dedicated for one group of refugees only. In fact, the most especial magical one of a kind refugees in the entire history of the world.


Unlike millions of refugees from Germany, China, Vietnam, Russia, Ukrania, Cyprus, Korea, etc. Palestinians have been magically excepted by the non binding General Assembly resolution #194 . Significantly, the UN maintains a separate and distinct definition of the word "refugees" for Palestinians who left Palestine (including Little Satan, the West Bank, and Gaza) in 1948 and/or 1967.

Palestinian refugees from Palestine are classed as both the individuals who left their homes and any descendants of those individuals. This stands in contrast to the UN definition of refugee as it applies to displaced persons connected with territories other than those of Little Satan, the West Bank, and Gaza: in the latter case it refers only to those individuals who were forced to flee, not to their lineal descendants.

Mostly thanks to the efforts of 22 other Arab nations who - unlike any other neighbors of any other refugees - could not bear to assimilate Palestinians as brothers into societies with the same customs, dialect, language and religious penchants.

Palestinians were later abandoned wholesale by their own motherlands of Jordan and Egypt.

Ancient history never really hurt anyone right? Not so fast!

"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may still salvage a shelf agreement - the articulation of a framework to inform future negotiations - before the next president takes office. But the Bush administration's prospects of achieving the full and final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, that was their original intention in convening the November 2007 Annapolis conference, look increasingly dim.

Many Democrats fault this administration for undertaking too little too late to bring Israelis and Palestinians together, and believe that a key to progress in resolving the conflict between them depends on finding a larger role for the United Nations. Certainly our next president should focus on reforming the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

According to its Web site, the UNRWA "is a relief and human development agency, providing education, healthcare, social services and emergency aid to over 4.5 million refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic."

But UNRWA, which since its inception in 1950 has delivered indispensable relief but very little in the way of productive work, has also for nearly 60 years perpetuated opinions among the Palestinians that could hardly be better calculated to impoverish and embitter them, and subvert the achievement of the two-state solution that Annapolis envisaged.

To be sure, Annapolis was doomed for many reasons. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, both of whom were politically weak in November 2007, are weaker today [-] with Mr. Olmert last week, amid multiple corruption scandals, announcing his intention to resign in mid-September .

Israel can't afford to withdraw its army and internal security services from the West Bank without exposing the greater Tel Aviv area to Hamas rockets. But Mr. Abbas can't sign a political agreement that diminishes Palestinian sovereignty by allowing Israeli defense forces to operate routinely beyond the Green Line.

And, not least, too many Arab leaders, who could provide the legitimacy and financial support to create a viable state in the West Bank, are unprepared to explain to their own people why Israel must retain sovereignty over even an inch of Jerusalem.

UNRWA is a more fundamental obstacle to peace because its very existence promotes the belief among Palestinians across the Middle East that a two-state solution is essentially unjust.

By encouraging Palestinians to believe that the international community owes them repatriation to the land their parents and grandparents fled when five Arab armies invaded Israel in 1948, the UNRWA faithfully carries out a U.N.-authorized policy toward Palestinians that runs contrary to U.N. policy in regard to the vast majority of the world's refugees

For nearly 60 years, the United Nations has maintained a successful and
respected organization for refugees apart from Palestinians [-] the
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. The UNHCR responds to refugee crises by seeking a mixture of voluntary repatriation, local integration and third-country resettlement. While it values repatriation, the UNHCR's aim is to enable refugees to become citizens somewhere as quickly as possible, with all the protections and privileges that
citizenship bestows.

In contrast, the U.N. has effectively eliminated local integration and
third country resettlement as desirable or even possible outcomes for the Palestinian refugees, and instead has enshrined in the UNRWA's mission the 1950s promise of repatriation that was implicit in the resolution that established the agency.

Moreover, contrary to the policy that it generally applies to refugees, the U.N. regards Palestinian refugee status as transferable from parents to children without limit

This enables UNRWA to fuel the conflict with Israel by cultivating a
trans-generational belief among Palestinians that the one-and-only solution to their plight consists in returning to homes and lands vacated more than half a century ago.

Finally, by providing welfare instead of work, the UNRWA has created incentives for Palestinians to remain dependent on the very international organization that is premised on resisting compromise with Israel.

Accordingly, America should seek to bring to an end the U.N. General
Assembly's annual resolutions that, year after year, renew the UNRWA's mandate to reinforce the Palestinians' false hopes for a homecoming in Jerusalem, Haifa and the Galilee.

The answer, however, is not to abolish UNRWA. That, given the composition of the U.N. General Assembly, would be impractical and counterproductive.

Instead, the United States must persuade the General Assembly to fold the UNRWA into the UNHCR, where it belongs. The UNHCR has the political legitimacy and moral authority to change the UNRWA mandate from one focused on repatriating Palestinians to one determined to help Palestinians create homes and build a prosperous economy and a decent political order in a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

It would have been far less glamorous had the Bush administration's Annapolis conference focused on UNRWA reform. It would have also provided a far greater contribution to the long-term achievement of peace between Israel and the Palestinians."


Right Truth said...

What an excellent post. How can "refugee status be transferable from parents to children without limit?" That would be like saying because a Black person's great ancestor was a slave, then they are slaves too, wouldn't it?

I've known that the UN always sides with the Palestinians, they can do no wrong in the UN's eyes. The money that the "UN" gives to these refugees, is money that mostly the US has provided.

And how can you be a refugee from a country that didn't exist???

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Findalis said...

The Tower of Babel (aka the UN) will NEVER agree to make the World's Welfare Queens (aka the Palestinians) something other than permanent refugees. In doing this they undermine any chance for peace in the region.

This is just another reason to dissolve the Tower of Babel, institute a new organization only of Democracies which will impose true democracy and freedom on ALL the nations of the world, by using the sword if necessary.

Skunkfeathers said...

The sound, rational reasons just continue to pile up to justify US departure from the UN, while it adopts a new acronym, the EFPaNFAE
(Everything For Palestine and Nuthin' For Anyone Else).

Shane said...

Yes - The United Nations is like a gold plated anus that takes in more than it ever puts out - but who expects anything more than bullshit from that fudge factory? We had Claudia Rosett on Political Vindication Radio a few weeks ago - God bless her - I don't think we'd see half the shit we do without her shoveling in the ex-lax.

Israel isn't liked now by anyone but the United States (at least until Obama is sworn in), but you can bet your barrel of oil that when she lights up Iranian nuke sites in a few months, she'll be able to fit all her friends inside a Merkava 4 battle tank.

Go Israel.

Findalis said...

Shane, you can fit almost 20 people in the Merkava 4 battle tank. Did you know that? And still have room for a couple of cases of beer.

Maggie Thornton said...

UNRWA has a partnership with Hamas and a serious investment in using the so-called Palestine as a great banner of victimhood in order to heap inhumane resolutions onto Israel.

All free countries need to pull of the U.N. and form a sort of United Democracies - and then be really serious about keeping a membership of truly free countries.

I resent every American cent and every minute of American effort on behalf of the U.N., and I know I'm not alone.

Excellent post.

Maggie Thornton
Maggie's Notebook