UNRWA to Cut Food Aid to Palestinians Because Muslim Countries Won’t Pay Bill

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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You hear a lot about how the so-called Palestinian Arabs are the core conflict issue in the Middle East because all the Muslims care so much about them.

When Saudi Arabia threw a hissy fit just now and turned down  UN Security Council seat, it blamed the real reason, the failure to intervene in Syria, and of course the “Palestinian” conflict.

So how much do they all really care? This much.

Al Hayat reports that UNRWA is planning to cut the free food it provides to Gazans by about one third over the next six months, reducing the number of welfare recipients from 180,000 families (900,000 people) to 120,000 families.

The move is necessary, according to the report, because of UNRWA’s budget crisis and the refusal of Arab countries to pay their pledges.

The report claims that UNRWA has already created lists of families that will not be getting food. The criteria include families that own cars,TVs, refrigerators and microwave ovens.

Considering how much money is lavished on the so-called refugees to begin with, they probably shouldn’t be getting anything at all. They’re the richest refugees in the world and the fact that the UNRWA is making a list of “refugees” with cars and televisions shows that they know it.

We’re talking about “refugees” who have lived in a country for generations, who were born there, but who can’t get full legal status because those countries find them a useful strategic political weapon against Israel.

  • Gee

    In most places the ‘Palestinian refugee’ are living where they were born, where their parents were born and yes even their grandparents were born. They have never worked, they have been provided with food, medical care, housing and education all at the expense of the world community and the Muslim nations have given less than 1% of the cost of this most expensive and expansive ‘refugee’ program in the history of the world.

  • Paul Austin Murphy

    Arab states have always been very poor funders of the Palestinians. When they do fund, it usually goes to Hamas or Islamic Jihad. They don’t fund Hezbollah because it is a Shia organisation.

    The Palestinians are a tool of Islamists and of Arab states (and Western Leftists too!) – so why should they fund them? And, as a political tool, it is far better, politically and Islamically, to fund Hamas instead, not “the people” directly.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      It’s counter-productive to the jihad to help with any social development of the “Palestinians.”

  • chan chan

    Come on, Daniel. Surely you realise there are more important things to do with the money like staying in £10,000 a night hotel suites in London?

  • Ed FDNYRetiree

    How can Mooslim countries leaders pay their bills when Mooslim leaders steal all the money?

    As in all third world hellholes, Mooslim leaders rape their countries and like Yassir Arafat, stash the money that stupid Americans give them in banks throughout the world…

  • Veracious_one

    Muslims have grown up living off of western donations and foreign aid money…it’s time to wean them off….the only thing they have given in return are death, destruction, and unrelenting hate…

  • Veracious_one

    When Saudi Arabia threw a hissy fit just now…
    it must have been a sight to see king stompy foot in action…

  • edlancey

    I don’t blame them, especially when they know Obama will order Lurch Kerry to pick up the slack.

    I mean a trillion here, a trillion there…

  • objectivefactsmatter

    The UN is used to extract jizya. It’s not necessarily intended to help anything but the jihad as far as OIC is concerned.