Apr 28, 2008 1:10 pm


Palestine today - Ramallah

The agency appealed to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees"UNRWA," the PNA and all concerned bodies to intervene immediately to protect them and protect their staff and not to obstruct its work and services Alounroaalansanh allowed to continue.

The UNRWA decided to close their offices for three days in protest against the decision of Jean-prevention work of UNRWA camps outside the camps, depriving the crews of the distribution of food in the villages, and emphasized that the resolution excludes schools and clinics, which will open its doors as usual.

The agency said in a statement: He's got a serious development work of UNRWA stopped outside the camps and deprive Crews UNRWA food distribution outside the camps and in need of the refugees living in villages, adding: whether the camp committees representing the nearby camps, why are preventing UNRWA carry out its work outside the camps?

And prevent trucks from reaching their objectives and threatening workers and threatened to burn stores UNRWA, the developments and steps it considered highly dangerous.

Palestinian misery should be blamed on Palestinians determined to insure that they remain so and on a UN body, UNRWA, which covers up for the ingrates. How? by obfuscating relevant information.

This is not new but it bears reiterating. Israel Cool reports :

I emailed the UNRWA three times - first to their public information office, then to their West Bank PR office, and finally to Christopher Gunness, who is also one of the UNRWA’s press liaisons:

Dear Mr. Gunness:

I read in Palestine Today Wednesday morning that UNRWA is closing its offices in the West Bank in protest from being forced to close earlier this month by protesters. I could not, however, find any press release from UNRWA concerning this, nor about the protests earlier this month reported in PNN.

Can you please comment on what is happening and any background information you might have? I originally sent the email to the main public information office 24 hours ago, and then to the West Bank PIO last night, but received no response.

Thank you,

Elder of Ziyon

Here is Gunness’ response in its entirety:

HI there,

There had been problems but these have now been avoided for the time being.


But what about the terrible refugee housing?

Their website contains megabytes of information about the 1948 “nakba” but to find out the real source of their problems nowadays one must decipher doublespeak that is buried deep within. For example:

With more than 9,000 people crammed into an area 650 meters by 200 meters, Neirab camp near Aleppo has a population density that sadly rivals Gaza. Most of the population lives in small one-room shelters. Depending on the time of day, these tiny rooms may serve as living rooms, salons or bedrooms. . . .

In Phase I of the Neirab Rehabilitation Project, UNRWA built new shelters for Neirab refugees in the nearby camp of Ein el Tal, which does not suffer from the same overcrowding. This phase is drawing to a close with 300 families relocating to new shelters. Their decampment will provide additional space for the refugees still residing in Neirab.

Volker Schimmel, UNRWA Project Officer for the Neirab Rehabilitation Project, insists that although the living conditions of Palestine refugees in Neirab must be improved considerably, the project is not calling into question their right of return. “We want to allow Palestinians to live in dignity,” he states. “Choosing not to live in misery does not mean that they will forfeit their right of return.”

In English, this last paragraph means that any UNRWA attempts to build better housing for Palestinian Arabs in camps has been roadblocked for 60 years by “Arab leaders” who think that happier Palestinian Arabs may lead some of them to not want to destroy Israel quite as much, which reduces their usefulness considerably. The UNRWA doesn’t even try to pressure Arab governments to allow PalArabs to become citizens any more - they abandoned that decades ago, unlike the UNHCR, which is actually dedicated to reducing the number of refugees under its care.

The UNRWA might have its private frustrations with the Palestinian Arab leaders who fight tooth and nail against the welfare of real-life Palestinian Arabs, but it will only publicly blame Israel.

This is the real Nakba/tragedy of the Palestinian people and it lasted 60 years. During that time million of Indians and Pakistanis have been settled. But, then, they do not have the misfortune of being a" cause celebre" or having a UN Agency whose only reason for existence is their misery nor are they generously supported by witless governments.

Why"Poor Gazans?"

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