Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Why It’s Time To Shut Down The Scandal-Plagued U.N. Palestinian Refugee Program

With all these scandals, you would think that the UN would finally vote to end this beleaguered agency. Yet it is as determined as ever to keep fleecing taxpayers around the world.
The United Nations (UN) has a long, sorry track record of corruption and mismanagement. The latest in its long string of scandals comes from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which is facing its worst financial crisis since its founding in 1949.
The UNRWA has always worked exclusively with Palestinian refugees. It operates alongside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which handles all other refugees globally.
Despite being created with a short-term mandate, the UNRWA has openly disregarded its original mission and perpetuated Palestinians’ status as refugees, while growing into a corrupt bureaucratic behemoth within the UN. The agency employs approximately 30,000 people to deal with 5.7 million Palestinian refugees, while the UNHCR, which handles 70 million refugees globally, employs “only” 10,000 people.
The agency has faced heavy criticism for having terrorist group Hamas members on its official payroll and failing to address their education curricula riddled with antisemitism, terror incitement, and martyr worship. Opponents of the agency’s dubious practices have for years called for transparent procedures and merging UNRWA into the UNHCR.
In 2018, the U.S. government (easily the agency’s biggest donor) announced it would halt all taxpayer funding of the agency, labeling the UNRWA a “bottomless barrel” with “deceptive practices.” The Trump administration certainly has a point, as the agency faces the worst financial crisis in its history with a budget deficit of $332 million.
As the current UNRWA mandate was set to expire in 2020, the UN’s Fourth Committee set a vote for a three-year extension on November 15. The agency’s future took another hit just two weeks prior to the voting process, as an explosive scandal erupted surrounding its now-former chief, Pierre Krähenbühl.
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