UNRWA: Should it Be Disbanded?

The United Nations Relief and Welfare Agency (UNRWA) has been credibly accused of facilitating and even participating in the devastating Palestinian attack on Gaza. A few years ago, my wife Suzanne and I were invited by a Palestinian taxi driver to visit his home in the Qalandiya refugee camp on the outskirts of Jerusalem. We met his family and ate a delicious meal with them. Qalandiya was not what we expected of a refugee camp. It seemed like one of many Arab towns in Israel, but it was under the administrative control of UNRWA. Our host and his wife were both born in Qalandiya, and they planned to stay because of the so-called “right of return” narrative that is widely believed among Palestinians. It seemed to us then that UNRWA was a vestige of the past that served no useful function. It is worse than that now.