According to WAFA, the PLO news agency, not only did the U.S. taxpayer today contribute $55.3 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, bringing the total 2009 U.S. contribution to UNRWA to $154.5 million, but Liana Brooks-Rubin, head of the U.S. delegation to the the bi-annual meeting in Amman of the Advisory Commission for UNRWA, had some very kind words to say about the agency.
The United States remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian conditions facing Palestinian refugees. … The United States is a strong supporter of UNRWA, the primary provider of health care, education, housing, and humanitarian assistance to 4.7 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. The assistance is a key factor contributing to stability in the region.
The United States is UNRWA's largest donor country. At the rate its going in 2009, it will surpass the 2008 sum of $184.7 million to UNRWA.
Comment: Fortunately, Congress is beginning to take interest in this outrageous use of taxpayer monies. (June 10, 2009)