This week, ​an arms training program for UNRWA students conducted by Hamas ​was launched along the Gaza fence, placing UNRWA pupils in the line of fire, in harm’s way, in violation of all treaties that protect the rights of the child..

Hamas, the same terror group taking credit for bombing civilian communit​i​es, controls the workers association and teachers association of UNRWA in Gaza​.​

In our 2015 film, Children’s Army of Hamas,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO4UKXmr8zk, we interviewed Hamas cabinet members who praised cooperation with UNRWA, which can be seen at 5:40.

This summer, the arms training program for UNRWA students will last until the ​beginning of the school year at the end of August, aiming to recruit 120,000 children from the UNRWA schools for the summer fun.

​It would seem that ​donor​ nations to UNRWA should as the UN if it is appropriate for a UN agency to allow Hamas on the payroll and ​if is appropriate for a UN agency to maintain paramilitary exercises on the grounds of UN schools.

This occurs at a time when UNRWA proclaims that it is bereft of resources to provide basic humanitarian services.

In a feature interview that ran in YNET(*) , an Israeli news agency, UNRWA Media Adviser Adnan Abu Hasna declared that UNRWA lacks basic food products and that the people of Gaza “have nothing to lose,” adding that “we don’t know yet whether school will open in the coming year…We’re talking about 300,000 students who need to go to school.”


(*) https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5310037,00.html

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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