Sept. 9, 2018 

In the New Year, The Center for Near East Policy Research has  again engaged the expertise of Dr. Arnon Groiss to examine and translate the newest Palestinian Authority Schoolbooks for Grades 11 and 12 in terms of their attitude to Israel and to peace.

These 33 new school books, published on Sept. 1, 2018 for the new school year, will be presented for all donor nations  at the UN in October, followed by special briefings for legislative bodies in Jerusalem, Washington, Ottawa, London, Stockholm and Canberra.

The following are 3 examples taken from the books of grades 11 and 12 that are currently under study:

  1. The goal of the Palestinian people’s Resistance is uprooting the State of Israel (referred to as “the Zionist Entity”) from the Middle East:

The following item has been taken from a history textbook for grade 12. The red-underlined part has been translated into English and the turquoise-framed part has been rendered in bold letters.

“…The Zionist Entity, which was established on the land of Arab Palestine as a barrier preventing the unification of the two parts of the great Arab homeland [in Asia and Africa], and which aspires to sow the seeds of dissension and internal struggle in all Arab and Muslim societies in order to prevent the creation of Arab unity among the sons of the Arab nation that will act in support of the Palestinian people’s Resistance for the achievement of its independence and [for] the extirpation [isti’sal] of this artificial and foreign Entity from the Arab region…”


(History Studies, Grade 12, Draft (No date [2018]) p. 145)

  1. The “Munich operation of 1972” (the killing of 11 members of the Israeli team to the Olympic Games) is part and parcel of the Palestinian Resistance:

The following item has been taken from a history textbook for grade 11. It has been translated into English from the beginning until the end of the underlined part. This latter part has been put in bold.

“The Palestinian Resistance resorted to many methods in its resistance to Zionist occupation. The Palestinian Fedais [members of the Palestinian armed organizations] pursued the method of guerrilla warfare in most of their confrontations with the Zionists inside the Palestinian territories, and they also resorted to striking the Zionist interest abroad, like the Munich operation of 1972…”


(History Studies, Grade 11, Part 2 (2017) p. 54)

  1. A demonizing question in mathematics (translated in full):

“3. One of the settlers opens fire on the cars passing through one of the roads. If the probability of his hitting a car by one bullet is 0.7 and the settler shot at 10 cars, what do you expect to be the number of the cars that were hit?”

(Mathematics, Grade 11 [Humanities] (2017) p. 55)

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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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