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In the current Middle East Quarterly
Spotlight: The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

On January 16, the Trump administration announced that it was withholding more than half of a scheduled $125 million installment of its annual contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) until it makes unspecified reforms. Unfortunately, the problem of UNRWA is not so easily solved – Belgium has already pledged $23 million to make up for the shortfall, and others are sure to follow.

The Middle East Forum's staff and fellows have closely studied the pernicious impact of UNRWA on prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, with particular attention to its automatic extension of "refugee" status to descendants of Palestinians displaced in the 1948 war, residents of the West Bank and Gaza already living in their purported homeland, and those who have long since emigrated and assumed citizenship in other countries. See the selections at right for an introduction to the Forum's work on the issue.

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