As a social work professional who has researched and reported on UNRWA since 1987, the time has come to express concern that the new UNRWA commissioner, Phillipe Lazzarini, who in his first presentation at the UN General Assembly, on October 12, 2020, described the five million people who depend on UNRWA as desperate , with some UNRWA residents forced to eat out of garbage cans.

UNRWA comprises a population of five million who are descended from half a million who left their homes in the wake of the 1948 war. These refugee descendants have dwelled ever since contiguous or within  59 “temporary” refugee facilities in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza ever since, motivated by an UNRWA vision which promotes their “right of return” to villages from 1948 which may or not still exist.

Upon Lazzarini entering his position in March, 2020, only six months ago, the UNRWA site posted that that it relies on $ 902,088,707, donated by 63 nations.

https://www.unrwa.org/sites/default/files/2019_pledges_of_government_and_eu_overall_ranking.pdf

While the UNRWA site indicates  where its money comes from, UNRWA provides no accounts to how it spends close to one billion dollars.

Since UNRWA asks donor nations to allocate much of their funds in cash, has UNRWA or their 63 donor nations to investigate whether any donated hard currency winds up in the coffers of organized crime which dominate the UNRWA environment: trafficking of women, weapons, narcotics or cars?

Nations around the world who place their trust in UNRWA have a right to know. So do five million people who depend on UNRWA allocations.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.