MFFB Roundtable: "UNRWA and the Perpetuation of the Palestinian Refugee Issue"
14.2.2019, Berlin: MFFB Roundtable with Dr. Einat Wilf, leading Israeli political analyst and Adi Schwartz, researcher and journalist.
Our Guests addresed, amongst other things,the following questions: Is United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) fit for purpose and deserving of special status within UN agencies? Is there a case of applying the UNRWA model to more recent refugee cases, such as Syrian refugees in Europe, if it is deemed to still be viable? Does UNRWA perpetuate the fundamental nature of the conflict rather than alleviate it? Dr. Wilf and mister Schwartz discuss these questions in their new book, "The War for Return", released in Hebrew in 2018. An English translation is coming soon.
An extract from the foreword is available at https://aijac.org.au/australia-israel-review/essay-the-war-of-return/?fbclid=IwAR0uUF3r-L40-jvs2sBQxSzkhH7b0D5-8tHyU8sagNNzBX5DocPAbBJ3Z34
. Under fathomjournal.org/why-unwra-is-an-obstacle-to-two-states-for-two-peoples-an-interview-with-einat-wilf/ you can find an interview with Dr. Wilf on UNRWA.
Dr. Einat Wilf is a leading intellectual in Israel on matters of foreign policy, economics, education, and the Jewish people. She is considered one of Israel’s most articulate representatives on the international stage, with her opinion articles regularly published in international publications and frequent interviews for television and radio programs around the world. She was a member of the Israeli Parliament from 2010-2013 on behalf of the Labor and Independence parties where she served as Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People, and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the 18th Knesset. Dr. Wilf is the author of several books that explore key issues in Israeli society and politics, the latest of which is on the perpetuation of the Palestinian refugee issue.
MFFB Roundtable is for invited experts only.