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About "UNRWA - Bad"
The AFF plan restores US funding (recently cut by Pres. Trump) for the United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees. UNRWA was created about 70 years ago to help Palestinians displaced by the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948 and continues to provide social welfare (food, housing, medical care, education) to them and other Palestinians displaced by war (e.g. the Arab-Israeli war in 1967) and their now 5 million descendants. This brief argues the AFF plan to increase funding to UNRWA is misguided and will only further perpetuate the problems between Israel and Palestine. The NEG position is that UNRWA is a failed agency and that funding it will make the problem worse, not better. Trump’s cut is a way of showing UNRWA that something needs to change.
One key issue is the long-term feasibility of the AFF position. What do they do other than patch the wound? They do nothing to fix the cause, and the DA’s highlight this. Cutting UNRWA would force the Status Quo to come up with better solutions rather than continuing to fund a failed program indefinitely and without end. The Disads can outweigh most of the AFF’s Advantages with long-term impacts. A little pain in the short-term under Status Quo policies is better than all the long-term problems that will get worse if UNRWA continues on its present course.
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Jonathan competed in Stoa Speech and Debate for three years. He has won tournaments in parliamentary and team-policy, as well as broken in both events at NITOC. Jonathan has become engrossed in the Speech and Debate world and has become an avid researcher.