The UNRWA and the Instrumentalization of Humanitarian Aid

Michael Spaney
Jörg Rensmann
Panel Discussion with Jörg Rensmann and Michael Spaney (MFFB)

When: Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 7.00 p.m.
Where: Jüdisches Museum Berlin - Auditorium
Lindenstraße 9-14 | 10969 Berlin
Admission: € 5,– | reduced rate € 3,–
Lectures will be held in German

In cooperation with the Jüdische Volkshochschule Berlin, SPME and the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft Berlin / Potsdam.

The UNRWA tends to the needs of the estimated 4.8 million Palestinian refugees. According to a study by former employee James Lindsay, however, millions go in aid to people who do not need these services. So who does the UNRWA consider to be in need of assistance and who is defined as a refugee? And how can the UNRWA prevent terrorists benefitting from its services? Michael Spaney and Jörg Rensmann explore at which point the authority becomes a political actor - and thus a part of the problem. 

Michael Spaney, is executive director of the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB), which was founded in 2007 to foster demokracy, freedom and human rights in the Middle East.

Jörg Rensmann, political scientist, is a board member of the MFFB and the German section of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME).