A senior public relations official of UNRWA met with our agency in Washington, DC on March 5, 2013 and viewed the film A CLASSROOM IN UNRWA,http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=5382&q=1 and voiced comments that deserve a rebuttal.
Ten talking points to help respond to the UNRWA official:
1. The UNRWA official asserted that institutions built inside the UNRWA camps are not UNRWA’s responsibility and are not under the aegis of UNRWA. The UNRWA official explained that one of the schools in the UNRWA camp of Deheishe, near Bethlehem, where the film interviewed students and teachers, was registered as an Artas school. Artas is an Arab village several kilometers south of Deheishe. Yet in an on-the- record interview with our agency in 1991, Sandro Tucci, then head of UNRWA’s Public Information Office, claimed that all property in the UNRWA camps belonged to UNRWA and was under the aegis of UNRWA. See:http://www.israelbehindthenews.com/library/pdfs/UNWRAReport.pdf
2. The UNRWA official’s claim that UNRWA school children are only identified as UNRWA pupils if they are wearing UNRWA uniforms is simply not accurate. Our agency has provided news coverage on UNRWA for the past 24 years, in cooperation with major news media such as NBC and BBC and PBS. Sometimes we have seen UNRWA students in uniform and sometimes they are not in uniform.
3. The UNRWA official claims that UNRWA “must” use school books from the host entity. However, UNRWA, whose PR theme to the world is PEACE BEGINS HERE, does not have to use texts from the host entities if the texts support Jihad to liberate all of Palestine, texts that emulate people who blow themselves up on buses, and texts that advocate the “right of return” through armed struggle. The UNRWA official said that he would not examine Dr. Arnon Groiss’s study of how the right of return through the armed struggle is preached in the UNRWA schools. See Dr. Groiss’s translations of PA school books, which show that they do nit fit the UNRWA motto of PEACE BEGINS HERE:http://israelbehindthenews.com/library/pdfs/RightofReturninUNRWASchools.pdf ,http://israelbehindthenews.com/library/pdfs/PA-schoolbooks.pdf ,http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=4648&q=1
5. The UNRWA official asserted that the PA school books had been given an endorsement by the recent commission headed by Prof. Bruce Wexler, without noting that the commission members who had actually reviewed the PA school books were ignored by Prof. Wexler and issued dissenting reports which showed that Wexler purposely ignored heir findings.
See: http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=5329&q=1 ,http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=5331&q=1 ,http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=5347&q=1 ,http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=5332&q=1 .