UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness has charged that the film “is a catalogue of misrepresentation.” He charges that, “There is no evidence whatsoever to substantiate the claim that UNRWA supported the so called “Great March”, not one single fact”. Additionally he said “the school you filmed at was not an UNRWA school and you as an Israeli can’t travel to Gaza. Among many allegations against your work”.

The response:

1. We stand behind the story.

2. The students interviewed are all UNRWA students

3. We filmed in UNRWA facilities. where UNRWA incites students to participate in the Great March of Return

4. UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunnesss, always launches personal attacks against his critics.

Ten Talking Points: How to respond to UNRWA Attacks on its Critics

5. Here are 15 years of our documented studies of UNRWA policies.

http://israelbehindthenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Scope-of-Our-Work-UNRWA-Reform-Intiative-2003-2018.pdf

6. At no time has UNRWA ever responded with any substance to these studies

7. I never said that I was standing inside Gaza. We retain qualified Arab crews who work for us and 20 other news agencies

8. The UNRWA response for the past 15 years is that UNRWA students whom we interview are not UNRWA students and that the UNRWA facilities where we film are not UNRWA facilities. That would have been made possible only if we hired hundreds of Arab children, bought in hundreds of UNRWA school uniforms and asked UNIVERSAL STUDIOS to fly over dummy UNRWA schools.

9. UNRWA, which has hired a PR firm, MARATHON STRATEGIES, UNRWA has spread the notion that demos on the Gaza frontier are peaceful and that the particpants are unarmed. see: http://israelbehindthenews.com/unrwa-calls-for-investigation-into-israeli-crimes-in-gaza/17312/

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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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  1. There is now enough material evidence to prove that Gunnes is a serial liar, and the Israeli government is therefore entitled to demand that he be removed from his position. What are they waiting for?

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