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WATCH: UNRWA chief says donor commitment to Gaza needs to continue

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, provides “assistance, protection and advocacy for some 5 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight.”

UNRWA chief Filippo Grandi calls for continued donor support for Palestinian refugees, Jerusalem, November 2012 (photo: Roee Ruttenberg)

UNRWA chief Filippo Grandi calls for continued donor support for Palestinian refugees, Jerusalem, November 2012 (photo: Roee Ruttenberg)

UNRWA chief Filippo Grandi speaking with journalist Roee Ruttenberg in Jerusalem, November 2012 (photo: Roee Ruttenberg)

UNRWA chief Filippo Grandi speaking with journalist Roee Ruttenberg in Jerusalem, November 2012 (photo: Roee Ruttenberg)

The UN agency is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from the global body’s member states.  UNRWA’s chief, Filippo Grandi, says the international community and donors must continue in their commitment to Palestinians and, in particular, to the people of Gaza.


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    1. “…when there is a crisis, resources come.” Perhaps that creates a reenforcement loop for some of the rocket firing: notice us again, in our state of being (this can be overlain with hate ideology as well). Since aid will in a crisis, the way international organizations notice and respond, then lifting the quarantine might dampen that cycle.

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    2. Palestinian

      What has the UN done to help the Palestinian refugees (2/3 of the population in Gaza are refugees)beside making them refugees and giving birth to Israel ? Why resolution 194 is non-biding?Why didnt the UN force Israel to allow us back ?This should have been done decades ago and they shouldnt have waited till all the original refugees are skeletons in their graves so Israel can claim “sorry but the descendants of refugees cant come back only the original ones “

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      • Vadim

        50 years of conflict, a civil war between Arabs and Jews, several Arab countries invading what is now Israel, thousands of dead. Finally the war is over. Now, how about we force Israel, a tiny country for the haunted Jews, to accept back hundreds of thousands of the people that have started this whole mess?

        That sounds like a wonderful idea.

        The UN has fed your people for decades, has provided you with shelter, homes, schools and healthcare. But I guess this is not enough for someone who thinks being a refugee is hereditary.

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      • The Trespasser

        Refugees could be allowed into a country if
        1 – They impose no threat to the country
        2 – They could benefit the country.

        Neither could be said regarding Palestinian Arab refugees.

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      • Amani

        I do agree with your comment, my dear father was outside Palestine in 1967 for studying, as many other People in Palestine in that days (war time), thus he lost his citizenship and became a refugees, he was not allowed to return home or visit his family! UN have done is great to Israel mainly, yes they helped the refuges with the monthly supply of flour, cooking oil and sugar , and provided education at schools ( UNRWA Schools) were the best! But Israel had the chance to grow and build their cites in the place of the original citizens cities and villages, my grandmamma from JEVA her great house was taken by an immigrant Jewish family , to live in a camp with her family and receive the monthly poor food rotation in one of the GAZA refugees camps and as a high class and highly educated women, she was not happy from any help from UNRWA, she prefer to die rather joining the international organization game, I would like to have a study about this. However, this life is a cycle

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