The United States and a dozen other countries have suspended funding of UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) after Israel revealed that at least 12 UNRWA employees participated in Hamas’ October 7 massacres. Israel has estimated that 10 percent of UNRWA’s workforce has direct or indirect ties to terrorists in the Gaza Strip. The agency was created in 1949 to provided temporary aid to Arab refugees from what became Israeli in 1948. Instead, it has spent three generations perpetuating the conflict.
Join us as Sean Durns, senior researcher for CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), describes how UNRWA, an outlier from all other U.N. refugee programs, is part of the problem, not the solution.
Sean Durns is a Senior Research Analyst for CAMERA, the 65,000-member, Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis. His writings and research have appeared in The Washington Times, Newsweek, the Washington Free Beacon, National Review and elsewhere, and been cited in Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. Durns has appeared on Newsmax, NewsNation, and other outlets to discuss the Middle East and related issues, including terrorism and antisemitism. He has a Master’s degree in diplomatic history from the London School of Economics.