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Lamborn bill would deny most Palestinians refugee status

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GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has proposed legislation narrowing the definition of "refugee" for Palestinians.

The "UNRWA Reform and Refugee Support Act," which was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs last month, would limit resettlement of refugees to those personally displaced by the Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1948. Currently, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, created after that war, counts descendants of those original refugees as eligible for resettlement.

"Palestinians in Gaza are not refugees; they are a population suffering under the Hamas terror regime, whose leaders take aid money and instead of building schools and hospitals, build terror tunnels and send rockets hidden under UNRWA schools in Gaza into kindergartens in Israel," Lamborn is quoted in an online statement.

The U.S. should instead help this population through "already-established, appropriately identified humanitarian programs," he adds.

Lamborn recently spoke at a Christians United for Israel Summit and is co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus.

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