To grasp the complexities of the Israel- Gaza war, you must take into account that UNRWA the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, remains responsible for the well being of 75% of Gaza’s population, who dwell in “temporary” UNRWA refugee camps since 1949. with the expectation that they will return to their villages that existed before 1948.

For 26 years, our news agency and research center, staffed by Israeli and Arab journalists has covered UNRWA… providing news agencies with features, monographs and films which reveal the inner workings of the only refugee agency in the world whose purpose is to maintain refugees in a situation of “refugee perpetuity” to the third and fourth generation..

Our news coverage of UNRWA can be perused at:
http://tinyurl.com/2adugwb

At the invitation of legislative staff of the Israeli Knesset, US Congress, the Canadian Parliament, the British Parliament and the European parliament, our office has screened our films shot on location in UNRWA facilities, and provided the findings of our UNRWA studies with donor countries that provide $1.2 billion each year fir this UN agency

Our agency also shared documented reports which show that Hamas embedded itself into the administration of UNRWA.

In that context, our agency discovered and documented that the new curriculum used by UNRWA prepares their half a million students to return – by force of arms – to Arab villages that existed before 1948, which have been replaced by Israeli cities such as BeerSheva, Askhelon and Ashdod – all of which have recently been pummeled by aerial attacks launched from Gaza.

For years, UNRWA has responded that our agency “fabricated” our investigations of UNRWA.

UNRWA denied that UNRWA was involved in any “war curriculum”, and also denied that presence of terrorists or weapons in UNRWA facilities.

However, on Thursday, July 17-, UNRWA admitted that 20 rockets ready to be launched were discovered in an UNRWA school. UNRWA issued a release that it would “launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident”, stating the “UNRWA has strong, established procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy”

A change in UNRWA policy? Time will tell.

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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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Will anybody be overseeing the UNRWA investigation of its premises to make sure that things are actually registered and exposed before being removed? Removal of weapons etc is terribly important, but if they remove them without letting the world know what they found, our wok becomes even harder.

  2. You missed the punchline! After the UN found the missiles in their school in Gaza, they removed them and turned them over to government officials: Hamas!!

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