Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Article by outgoing UNRWA Commissioner-General

Karen AbuZayd, who is leaving her post as Commissioner-General of UNRWA at the end of the year has published the following article in The Guardian. The article shows that the issue is complex, but there's no real action suggested. What makes me really sad though, are the comments that follow. Having seen the conditions that Palestine refugees live in in this country, I found it quite disturbing to read some of the opinions expressed. Click the title for the whole article.

Peace must begin with the plight of Palestine's refugees

Sixty years ago today the United Nations general assembly voted into existence a temporary body known as UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. UNRWA's task was to deal with the humanitarian consequences of the dispossession of some three-quarters of a million Palestine refugees forced by the 1948 Middle East war to abandon their homes and flee their ancestral lands. Just two decades later, the six-day war generated another spasm of violence and forced displacement, culminating in the occupation of Palestinian territory. Today, anguished exile remains the lot of Palestinians and Palestine refugees. The occupation of Palestinian land persists, there is no Palestinian state, and the human rights and fundamental freedoms to which Palestinians are entitled under international law do not exist...

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