How UNRWA Prevents Gaza From Thriving

As long as Gazans are defined as refugees from Palestine, there’s no real chance to rebuild the Strip

Palestinians wait to receive humanitarian supplies from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters in Shati refugee camp in Gaza, 2011.
Palestinians wait to receive humanitarian supplies from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters in Shati refugee camp in Gaza, 2011. Credit: REUTERS
Adi Schwartz
Einat Wilf

It’s the same old tune – renewed discussion about “reconstructing and redeveloping” the Gaza Strip. Again people are talking about some kind of “arrangement” for managing Gaza’s reconstruction, whether under Egyptian, Qatari or American auspices. There’s more talk of huge investments in a port and in water and power infrastructures, and about creating jobs.

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