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How the UNRWA Has Failed the Palestinian Refugees

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Publication Date: May 1985

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Juliana Geran Pilon

Topic: International relations (International relief and humanitarian assistance)

Keywords: International organizations

Type: Report


From humanitarian and political points of view, the U.S. should explore ways to help the refugees other than through UNRWA. A revitalized humane and realistic U.S. approach to the problem of displaced Palestinians would enhance the prospects for Middle East peace. While UNRWA cannot and should not be dismantled immediately, alternative approaches to the problems faced by the refugees should be examined, so that UNRWA may gradually achieve the objective stated in its 1949 mandate, "with a view to the termination of international assistance and relief."