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The consequences of the UNRWA funding cutoff

The task of representing Palestinians against Israel should not be the responsibility of a humanitarian organisation

A Refugee Revolution?

UNRWA defines as refugees, not only those personally displaced during the Arab-Israeli wars, but also all their descendants, a definition that guides no other agency dealing with rest of the world’s refugees

Editorial: Refugees Forever?

The Trump Administration’s moves are clearly intended to pressure the Palestinian leadership, and transform a frozen and unpropitious status quo. While that may feel threatening to many Palestinians, it also provides an opportunity to improve future Palestinian prospects. 

Statement on recently announced US funding cuts to UNRWA

It has long been clear that, for anyone who wants a genuine and sustainable Israeli-Palestinian two-state resolution, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has been part of the problem that prevents that from happening

A Trump Administration plan to shake up Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking?

This Update focuses on some new moves by the Trump Administration on the Israeli-Palestinian front which some observers are suggesting amount to an effort to rewrite the rulebook for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Could Bachelet and Bishop help reform the UN Human Rights Council?

The newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is a Companion of the Order of Australia and led a government described by the Israeli media as “the most Jewish government in the world” outside of Israel. She also has a challenge on her hands.

Palestinians’ desperate, undiplomatic response to Bishop

The official Palestinian response to the Australian Government’s decision to redirect $10 million in foreign aid to the Palestinians has been undiplomatic, to say the least.

A Changing UN General Assembly?: UN condemns use of human shields

On June 26, the UN General Assembly, in a first, amended its Global Counter Terrorism Strategy to condemn the use of civilians as human shields...

Problems adding up for Australian aid to Palestinian Territories

As things currently stand, there are doubts over the integrity of three separate Australian-funded development programs in the Palestinian Territories. There are also long-term concerns over funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

Deconstruction Zone: Why the US was right to quit the UN...

US President Donald Trump has rightly decided to terminate US membership on what US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the “misnamed” UN “Human Rights” Council.

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