Department lecturer in forced migration at the University of Oxford, Anne Irfan, delivered a presentation entitled “Whose Agency: UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees in History”.
Dr. Irfan said UNRWA’s work is not seen as charity by the Palestinians but as a right. Therefore, cutting UNRWA services amounts to an infringement of Palestinian rights.
Professor in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter, Michael Dumper, outlined some possible scenarios impacting the future of UNRWA, 70 years on.
He said that it is really hard to envisage UNRWA existing with the same mandate in 20 years and stressed the need to boost support for the agency in order to help it maintain its services in the future.