Humanitarian Aid and the Loss of Palestinian Rights

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After the US withdrew financial support from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), it is the EU which became the largest donor to the organization.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl declared that the EU funding enabled UNRWA to provide another scholastic year for Palestinian refugee children. The EU’s funding commitment, according to UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, reflects the institution’s “preserving the dignity and addressing the needs of Palestine’s refugees.”

All these initiatives, while necessary, are not a substitute for the Palestinian right of return and ceremonial fanfare to celebrate these initiatives are nothing but propaganda for the institutions, enhanced by exploiting the participation of Palestinian refugees as recipients divested of rights.

The international political intent is to isolate Palestinians into humanitarian aid recipients. Incorporating the two-state rhetoric should be non-negotiable normalizes the violations and forces Palestinians into a space where speaking about rights is shunned as ideological, while negotiations and losses for Palestinians are deemed pragmatic outcomes.

[Middle East Monitor]

This entry was posted in by Grant Montgomery.

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