Yet, 63 years after this resolution was passed, UNRWA is not only still in existence, it has evolved into a permanent fixture in the Middle East, with a considerable bureaucracy and major infrastructure: One the biggest employers in the region, it maintains schools and clinics, and provides a host of social services, special programs and emergency benefits. It does not cooperate with “interested” governments in providing relief for refugees, with an eye towards
termination. Rather, it has assumed a quasi-governmental role.