Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Interesting logic behind Lebanon UNRWA protest

Palestine Press Agency reports that Palestinian arabs in the Ein al-Helwa camp in Lebanon are engaging in a series of protests against UNRWA.

They seem to have a couple of problems with UNRWA. One is that UNRWA, supposedly, changed its name from "United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East" to only "United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees." For some reason, they interpret this as meaning that UNRWA will start to resettle Palestinian Arabs outside Israel. (If the name change is true, to me it sounds like UNRWA wants to take responsibility for so-called "refugees" in other countries.)

But the main reason for the protest is more interesting: it is to protest UNRWA's failure in adequately providing social and health services for residents of the camp.

So what do they do to protest the lack of services? They shut it down altogether!

They burned tires, closed entrances to the camp, and prevented all UNRWA employees from doing their jobs.

Meaning that the protest reduced services from "less than 100% of what we demand" to "zero."

Way to go! That will teach those UNRWA guys, forced to take a free vacation day as they close schools and stop distributing food and medicines!

(As usual, UNRWA does not acknowledge any problems. Since it is so transparent.)