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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holland reviewing its contribution to UNRWA

Holland, which is the sixth largest contributor to UNRWA, the UN agency which is responsible for perpetuating the 'Palestinian refugee' problem, is reviewing its annual contribution. Holland contributes about $30 million annually to UNRWA.
[Dutch Foreign Minister Uri] Rosenthal announced the review in reply to a question by the speaker of his own faction, the Liberal VVD.

"UNRWA uses its own unique definition of refugees, different to the UN’s. The refugee issue is a big obstacle for peace. We therefore ask the government acknowledge this discrepancy, which leads to the third-generation Palestinian refugees," VVD speaker Hans Ten Broeke said.

Minister Uri Rosenthal promised to "thoroughly review the subject and adopt a balanced resolution on it." He added: "I understand many involved parties regard UNRWA’s approach as highly important as it helps clarify matters and bring them into focus."


UNRWA was set up in 1949 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as an independent body entrusted with caring for Palestinian refugees who fled their homes in the years 1946-1949. Unlike UNHCR, UNRWA extends the definition of refugee also to descendants.

Additionally, UNRWA refugees keep their status after gaining citizenship. UNHCR is responsible for all refugees except Palestinians.

According to UNRWA, there are approximately five million Palestinian refugees worldwide.

Last year Canada stopped its core funding of roughly 10 million dollars annually for UNRWA. In 2011 UNRWA enjoyed a budget of 1.23 billion dollars, roughly half of it provided by the U.S and the European Commission – its two largest donors, followed by Sweden, Britain and Norway.
I would hope that if a Republican is elected President of the United States, the US will also review its contribution.

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At 4:53 PM, Blogger Geoffrey Carman said...

I wonder, if UNRWA was forced to change its refugee definition to match the normal definition, what would happen?

That is an interesting thought experiment. (Pipe dream? Whatever).

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember just having a Republican win the Presidency isn't enough. Republicans must have a majority in the House and also at least 60 seats in the Senate.


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