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From new UNRWA textbooks introduced in 2018*:

  1. A terrorist attack on an Israeli civilian bus by molotov cocktails is described in a story as “a barbecue party [haflat shiwaa in Arabic] – Arabic Language, Grade 9, Part 1 (2017) p. 61.
  2. A verse in a poem describes the fate of the Jews in the country following its supposed liberation: “I swear! I will sacrifice my blood to water the land of the noble ones, to remove the usurper [code name for Israel] from my land and to exterminate the remnants of the foreigners…” – Our Beautiful Language, Grade 3, Part 2 (2017) p. 64.
  3. A picture of Dalal al-Mughrabi, who led the terrorist attack on an Israeli bus on the Coastal Highway in 1978, in which over thirty civilians – men, women and children – were murdered, appears alongside a text describing her as a martyr who “painted with her struggle a picture of challenge and heroism which has made her memory eternal in our hearts and minds.” – Arabic Language, Grade 5, Part 2 (2017) p. 51.
  4. The refugees will return to their former places of residence which will be part of sovereign Palestine: “We shall return to hoist Palestine’s flag… on our green hills.” – Arabic Language, Grade 5, Part 1 (2017) p. 82.
  5. A cartoon appears in one of the books showing an Israeli bulldozer digging beneath the mosque on the Temple Mount thus explicitly accusing Israel of planning to destroy it – Social Studies, Grade 7, Part 1 (2017) p. 64.
  6. A poem describes the Jews as the Devil’s aides in the context of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem – Arabic Language, Grade 7, Part 1 (2017) p. 66
  7. The Hebrew inscription is erased from a coin of the British Mandate period – Mathematics, Grade 6, Part 2 (2017) p. 63.
  8. Another piece denies the Jews’ share in Jerusalem’s history: “Jerusalem is an Arab city built by our Arab forefathers thousands of years ago. Jerusalem is a holy city for Muslims and Christians.” – National and Social Upbringing, Grade 3, Part 1 (2017) p. 28.
  9. An assignment next to a map of the whole country under the name “Palestine” presents Israel’s pre-1967 territory as occupied Palestine: “We will distinguish between the Palestinian cities occupied by the Zionists in 1948 and the ones that they occupied in 1967.” – Social Studies, Grade 7, Part 1 (2017) p. 56.
  10. The whole country appears in one color with the name “Palestine” next to it and with the Palestinian flag flown above – National and Social Upbringing, Grade 4, Part 1 (2017) p. 7.

* Full texts at IsraelBehindTheNews.com

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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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