Germany reverting back to its barbaric values.
UNRWA (Palestinian refugees) is a hoax, a fraud, and has been for decades.
Tragically, there have been countless refugees in the annals of history.In the 20th century alone, tens of millions of refugees, if not more, were compelled to find new homes — victims of world wars, border adjustments, population transfers, political demagoguery, and social pathologies.The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne codified the population exchange of Greeks and Turks, totaling more than 1.5 million people.Huge numbers of Hindus and Muslims moved because of the partition of the sub-continent into two independent nations — India and Pakistan.Refugees by the millions, unable to return to their countries, were created as a result of the 12-year Third Reich.The exodus from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam after the victory of communist and rebel forces was massive.Refugee flows from Africa’s civil and tribal wars have been constant.Yemenis were kicked out of Saudi Arabia by the hundreds of thousands during the first Gulf War, due to Yemen’s support for Iraq.Countless Bosnian and Kosovar Muslims fled, or were expelled, due to Serbian aggression.And this is all just the tip of the refugee iceberg.In fact, I don’t have to look far to understand the unending refugee crises of our times — or the trauma they have created. My mother, father, and wife were all refugees. Yet, instead of wallowing in victimization or becoming consumed by hatred and revenge, they started anew, grateful to their adopted lands for making it possible.This past May, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) counted 19.9 million refugees in its jurisdiction, with the largest populations being from Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over five decades, the UNHCR estimates that it has assisted 50 million refugees “help restart their lives.”And yet, of all the world’s refugees, one group — the Palestinians — are treated entirely differently.Indeed, the 1951 Refugee Convention explicitly does not apply to Palestinians, who fall within the purview of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).There is no equivalent UN body for anyone else in the world.The definition of a refugee under the UNRWA mandate is also unique. It covers all descendants, without limit, of those deemed refugees in 1948. This helps explain why its caseload has quintupled since 1950.Unlike the UNHCR, UNRWA does not seek to resettle Palestinian refugees, but rather provides social services, and, in effect, keeping them in perpetual limbo. (more here)
Germany increases UNRWA funding ‘substantially’ to make up US shortfall
European state announces hike in cash for United Nations relief agency for Palestinians after the US withdraws its funding
Germany has announced it will increase its funding to the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency “substantially,” to help make up the loss of funds from the United States this year.
But it won’t be enough to keep the UNRWA afloat, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a letter last week to other European Union member countries.
He is asking them to raise their contributions as well, after the U.S. administration first announced it would cut $300 million from its annual contribution to the agency. On Friday, the United States announced the administration would cease any support for the agency.
Reportedly the agency had an annual budget of $1.1 million this year, up from about $700 million in 2014.
In 2017, the UNRWA listed the U.S.as its top contributor, with more than $364 million. Germany was ranked third, with more than $76 million. Agency director Pierre Krahenbuhl said last Thursday that $200 million is needed before the end of 2018, particularly in order to keep schools open.
In his letter to the European Union, Maas said the UNRWA was key to regional stability. He did not specify how much more Germany would contribute.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, said Thursday that his country will hold a fundraiser for the agency at U.N. headquarters in New York on September 27.
Germany has strong economic, scientific and academic ties to Israel, and subsidises the cost of German submarines for the Israeli navy. According to a Reuters report, bilateral trade in goods and services came to $5.5 billion in 2016.
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