Israeli Initiative – Chapter 9: How Much Rehabilitation Costs

By Yoav Sorek It is complicated to determine the cost of rehabilitation. It is a process that demands careful and weighty analysis of many factors. The rehabilitation of refugees in host countries requires resources and infrastructure projects in order to improve the refugees’ lives, providing employment and education and freeing hundreds of thousands from their…

Israeli Initiative- Chapter 7: How Refugees are Treated Around the World

By Yoav Sorek In previous weeks, we presented the history of UNRWA and its failures as an organization meant to deal with the Palestinian refugee problem. Last week, we presented some information on UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, as a contrast to UNRWA and a possible partner for future refugee rehabilitation. The Israel Initiative proposes that…

Israeli Initiative – Chapter 4: UNRWAs Foundation, Mandate and History

By Yoav Sorek After Israel’s War of Independence ended, UN General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) founded the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on December 8, 1949. UNRWA began operations in May 1950, with 860,000 registered refugees. UNRWA’s mandate was to carry out relief and works programs…