[Ed. – It’s not unthinkable, by any means. The UN’s agency for Palestinian Arab refugees — which will turn 69 this year — has been contentious and highly politicized for decades, and considered by many to be in need of reform or disbanding. Leaving it in place as-is has been a convenience for a long time, as the easiest course given that the political leadership of the Palestinian Arabs won’t make a peace agreement with Israel. But the structure of that whole reality appears to be crumbling. Interesting times.]
The State Department is hiding a classified report on Palestinian refugees that insiders say could be a game changer in how the United States approaches the situation and allocates millions in taxpayer funds to a key United Nations agency, according to multiple sources briefed on the situation.
As the United States moves forward with a decision to slash funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the agency responsible for providing education and support to some five million Palestinian refugees, officials on Capitol Hill and elsewhere have been pressuring the State Department to declassify a report that is believed to show the actual number of refugees is far fewer than the U.N. claims.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Washington Free Beacon that the State Department first classified the report under the Obama administration and still refuses to provide U.S. officials with the information despite laws mandating its release.