The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) serves nearly six million descendants of the Arab refugees from the 1948 war, who still wallow  (subsist is better – pigs “wallow” ) in refugee conditions, under the premise of the “right of return” – by force of arms – to Arab villages that existed before 1948.

UNRWA declares itself to be “one of the largest United Nations programs, with 30,000 personnel working across five areas of operations.” UNRWA manages the education of 492,000 students, who are indoctrinated with the idea that the “right of return” to what is now Israel is the goal for which they must live and die, a reoccurring ( not really English – try “recurring” )theme found in the official Palestinian Authority textbooks used in UNRWA schools.

It is an ongoing recipe for disaster. This is one of the greatest human rights tragedies of the 21st century. UNRWA perpetuates stateless status of refugees and their descendants, reinforcing a life of limbo, poverty, anguish and despair (“life in limbo and despair” better).

The UNRWA Reform Initiative (U.R.I.) was launched by The Center for Near East Policy Research, which has been conducting news investigations and producing films since 1987. Our continued focus remains on pushing policy change at UNRWA, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency.[1] It is understood that the Arab-Israeli conflict is nowhere near an end, however, the UNRWA Reform Initiative’s objective is to put an end to the humanitarian crisis facing descendants of Arab refugees from 1948.

In the recent 2014 war with Hamas, during a regular inspection, 20 missiles were found in an UNRWA school,[2] making this the second account of weapons found in UNRWA operated schools. “‘UNRWA schools were established to educate children in Gaza, but instead they are providing a hiding place for rockets meant to kill children in Israel,’ said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who also slammed the world body for returning the missiles found in UNRWA schools back to Hamas.

Yet another account of rockets  being found in an UNRWA school in the Gaza Strip, making this the third account of weapons founds in UNRWA operated schools. Israel has repeatedly stated that it’s has been fired on from around UNRWA schools and considering UNRWA admits the presence of rockets in its facilities, it’s hard to deny the Israeli claim. UNRWA, at a minimum, has been irresponsible in turning a blind eye to Hamas crimes.  (eliminate last sentence – repetitious and cliched

The United Nations cannot change UNRWA programs unassisted. UNRWA operates under the assistance of 38 donor nations, who could use their financial power to request that UNRWA reforms their programs and curriculum to rightfully reflect their slogan of “Peace Starts Here” and start to put peace and reconciliation on their agenda.

In 2013, a total of $1,108,898,129 was donated to UNRWA. $294,023,401 of those 2013 donations were contributed by the United States.[3]

The agenda of U.R.I. is to petition legislators of all donor nations to ask that UNRWA funding be predicated on a change in UNRWA policy. In reality, every citizen of every donor nation can take the initiative to reform UNRWA, by asking each respective legislature to require that UNRWA: Not use textbooks or teachers that encourage children to engage in acts of war, stop support for designated foreign terrorist entities such as Hamas, cease promotion of the “right of return” through “armed struggle,  adopt internationally accepted UNHCR definitions of refugee status and not to bequeath refugee status on descendants of refugees from 66 years ago.

We have filmed UNRWA students in Jerusalem and throughout the region, who openly speak about how UNRWA “education” inspires them to kill Jews. Our most recent film released on May 27th, will now be shown at legislative bodies: ‘The UNRWA Road to Terror: Palestinian Classroom Incitement,’ which portrays war education that has no place in a United Nations facility.

Our agency is preparing a detailed guide for legislative bodies to learn about new textbooks produced by the Palestinian Authority for use in the UNRWA schools. Elected officials of donor nations will listen.

At a time of deadlock in political negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the donor nations can use their leverage to find a solution to the humanitarian plight of the refugees. Instead of just throwing money at UNRWA, donors could advance policies that could improve living conditions of UNRWA refugee residents and offer a realistic humanitarian alternative to the current “refugee status in perpetuity” which fosters a “right of return” mantra that UNRWA currently drums into the minds of half a million UNRWA students.

In that context, the donor nations could address six policy challenges, which could guide a new way of UNRWA policy reform:

  1. Ask for an audit of donor funds that flow to UNRWA. This would address widespread documented reports of wasted resources, duplicity of services and the undesired flow of cash to Gaza-based terror groups, which gained control over UNRWA operations in Gaza over the past 18 years.
  2. Introduce UNHCR standards to UNRWA, to advance the resettlement of Arab refugees, after 67 years. Current UNRWA policy is that refugee resettlement would interfere with the “right of return” to Arab villages that existed before 1948.
  3. Cancel the new UNRWA curriculum, which incorporate principles of Jihad, martyrdom and an “right of return” by force of arms, in UN schools which are supposed to promote the UNRWA slogan of “Peace Starts Here.”
  4. Cease paramilitary training in all UNRWA schools. Should UNRWA, as a UN agency, not demonstrate a renewed commitment to UN principles to “peace education”?  (“UNRWA should demonstrate commitment to UN principles for “peace education”. “)
  5. Insist that UNRWA dismiss employees who are affiliated with Hamas, in accordance with laws on the books in Western nations, which forbid aid to any agency that employs members of a terrorist organization.
  6. Since UNRWA has recently hired a “youth ambassador” Mohammad Assaf, to travel the world and encourage insurrection and violence, would this not be the appropriate time for donor nations to ask that UNRWA cancel that contract with a harbinger of war?  This needs rework — something like:

Insist that UNRWA cancel its contract with “youth ambassador” Mohammad Assaf to travel the world (encouraging violence).

The Center for Near East Policy Research seeks sponsorship to conduct UNRWA policy reform briefings at those legislative bodies that donate to UNRWA. Our UNRWA policy experts are as follows:


  • Bassem Eid, Chairman of the Center for Near East Policy Research; Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (former director) and UNRWA refugee from Shua’fat.
  • Dr. Arnon Gross, UNRWA textbook reviewer and expert on Arab affairs
  • Lt. Col (res) Jonathan Ha Levi, expert on Hamas takeover of UNRWA schools

Please consider this most important initiative as a fundamental solution to the plight of Palestinian refugees and a means to an end of the Arab-Israeli conflict. All donor nations have an opportunity to address a pressing humanitarian issue that can be solved.

To lends your support to the UNRWA Reform Initiative, please CLICK HERE.

UNRWA Reform Initiative
-Scope of our Work-


January 2017 Briefing: The Knesset – UNRWA Reform Initiative The Center held a briefing on the latest translation of the PA textbooks used in UNRWA schools. The briefing, entitled ‘Indoctrination for War Against the Jews’ was hosted by MK Aliza Lavie. 
September 2016 Briefing: The Offices of U.S. Senator Risch Center director, David Bedein, travelled to the U.S. to meet with Senator Risch and his staffers on the subject of the Palestinian textbooks used in PA and UNRWA schools and terror groups operating in UN facilities. The meeting resulted in an unprecedented official request for the U.S. ‘General Accounting Office’ to conduct an official inquiry into terror groups involvement in UNRWA education.
July 2016 Breifing: The Knesset The UNRWA Reform Initiative Member of Knesset Yehuda Glick hosted the UNRWA Reform Initiative briefing for journalists and diplomats of those donor nations that fund UNRWA.
May 2016 Special Report: Confronting Human Rights Abuses in the Palestinian Authority Human Rights expert, Bassem Eid, details the human rights violations in the Palestinian Authority territories. This special report published by the UK’s Henry Jackson Society think-tank was presented at their offices in the UK to members of the British Parliament.
May 2016 Documentary Film: UNRWA Road to Terror: Palestinian Classroom Incitement The Center for Near East Policy Research engaged a team of senior journalists who have produced a new short film on the incitement taking place in UNRWA facilities in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
January 2016 Special Report: Israel and Jews in the Latest Palestinian Authority Textbooks This report presents translations and analysis from the latest Palestinian Authority textbooks taught in PA and UNRWA schools. Demonization, delegitimization, advocacy of violent struggle rather than peace and jihad, martyrdom and the ‘right of return.’
December 2015 Briefing: First UNRWA Policy Forum at The Knesset (VIDEO) The first- ever ‘UNRWA Policy Forum’ at The Knesset features UNRWA experts and testimonials from Dr. Arnon Groiss, Palestinian UNRWA refugee Bassem Eid, Adi Schwartz, David Bedein and was hosted by MK Smotrich.
December 2015 Short Film: Mohammad Assaf: War Song for UNRWA Examining the latest song by UNRWA Ambassador Mohammad Assaf, which calls for a violent struggle against Israel.
December 2015 Special Report: What do Syrians Learn in their Schools An evaluation of Syrian school books in relation to Jews and Israel.
November, 2015 Special Report: Required Changes in PA Textbooks to Conform with Peace Policies Advocated by the U.S. and E.U. Recommendations to the U.S. and E.U. in suggesting how the position of UNRWA can and should comply with U.S. and E.U. standards of ‘peace’ policies.
October, 2015 Special Report: Israel and Jews in the Palestinian Authority Schoolbooks Special report and translations of the PA schoolbooks from 2000-2006, outlining the demonization and delegitimization of Israel and the Jewish people.
September 2015 Documentary Film: Iran: Billions for Terror This film details Iran’s direct funding of terrorism to its proxy military operatives, Hezbollah and Hamas. With billions of dollars of unfrozen assets expected to be unfrozen and available to Iran, Iranian leaders have stated that they will continue to fund Hamas. This film includes interviews with boy and girl child soldiers of Hamas, who describe their intention to destroy Israel, with guns, and other weapons. The interviews and video of UNRWA-educated children was filmed in Gaza in the summer of 2015.


Special Report: From Tehran to UNRWA: The New U.S.-UNRWA Accord Commentary on the latest U.S. – UNRWA accord, the Hamas presence in UNRWA and the UNRWA school curriculum.
March, 2015 Documentary Film: Children’s Army of Hamas This short film shows how Hamas continues to indoctrinate children to engage in acts of terror. Shot on location in Gaza, the film features interviews with leaders of Hamas and students who live in UNRWA facilities and number 17,000 young teens now being recruited and exploited for Hamas’ army.
December, 2014 Briefing:
Henry Jackson Society Event at the British Parliament
The Henry Jackson Society hosted an event with Bassem Eid, Director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group; Dr. Arnon Groiss, Deputy Director of IBA’s Arabic Radio and experienced translator of Arabic schoolbooks; and David Bedein, Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research and Founder of The Israel Resource News Agency. The three speakers brought their personal perspectives to the discussion and called for auditing of the funds allocated to UNRWA, making sure that the UNRWA curriculum stops incorporating principles of martyrdom and “right to return” through use of arms, and dismissing those UNRWA officials who have clear and proven links to Hamas.
December, 2014 Special Report: Proud Palestinians Must Lead the Fight to Reform UNRWA Special report on UNRWA reform by an UNRWA refugee and Palestinian human rights activist, Bassem Eid.
October, 2014 Briefing: Canadian Parliament Presenting the latest film, ‘UNRWA Goes to War,’ for Parliamentarians and the discussing the UNRWA / Hamas cooperation over the ‘Protective Edge’ war.
October, 2014 Special Report: Anti-Semitism in New PA Schoolbooks used in UNRWA Schools: 2001-2014 Summary of anti-semitic motifs found in PA schoolbooks used in UNRWA schools, since the publication of the latest books introduced by the PA in September, 2000.
September, 2014 Special Report:
A Dispassionate Look at UNRWA as a Neutral Source After Examining UNRWA Statements During the Summer War
UNRWA Statements post ‘Protective Edge’ War.


Documentary Film: UNRWA Goes to War UNRWA has been hijacked by Hamas, as the ‘Protective Edge’ War revealed rockets stored and fired from UNRWA facilities. Students indoctrinated to wage war and jihad in Hamas-run ‘Kutla’ (youth) clubs and schools with Hamas-run teachers unions.
August, 2014 Policy Paper for Submission to the UN UNRWA as a convenient surrogate for terrorist organizations.


Briefing at Capital Hill: UNRWA Reform Initiative Briefing on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. on May 21, 2014 entitled “Is UNRWA Part of the Problem or Solution?”


Briefing at the United Nations: UNRWA Reform Initiative Participated in a briefing on May 19, 2014 entitled “UNRWA: Providing Humanitarian Relief or Prolonging the Palestinian Refugee Problem?” Held at the United Nations, organized by the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ).


Special Report: NGO Funders of UNRWA List of NGO’s that currently fund UNRWA.
January, 2014 Special Report: UNRWA’s Problematic Educational Role in the Middle East Conflict Special report presented to donor nations that fund UNRWA, outlining fundamental principles of UNRWA educational policies.


Book: Roadblock to Peace – How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered Authored by David Bedein, outlining UNRWA’s policies and how they are perpetuating the Arab-Israeli wars.
March, 2014 Briefing: British Parliament – UNRWA Reform Initiative MP Blackman hosted this parliamentary event at the House of Commons. Dr. Arnon Groiss and Jonathan HaLevi presented the DFID with UNRWA educational materials and asked if they would conduct an evaluation of UNRWA education, which prepares half a million Palestinian students in UNRWA schools to engage in a war. Camp Jihad was also screened for attendees.
February, 2014 Briefing: The Knesset – The UNRWA Reform Initiative Hosted by MK Chetboun on the subject of the new Palestinian Authority textbooks. Dr. Arnon Groiss displayed the newest textbooks in use in the UNRWA schools and explained the objective ways to evaluate the new textbooks. Dr. Einat Wilf addressed the subject of reforming UNRWA practices on the path to peace.
June, 2013 Briefing – The Knesset: The UNRWA Reform Initiative Briefing on the UNRWA curriculum of war and screening of ‘Inside the UNRWA Classroom’ for international diplomats and NGO’s.
2013 Documentary Film: Camp Jihad Filmed at UNRWA summer camps, interviews with staff and youth showing the promoting of a violent ‘right of return’ and hatred of Jews.
2013 Documentary Film: Inside the UNRWA Classroom Inside the UNRWA classrooms, showing the educational programming for violent ‘right of return.’
2011-2013 Critiques of the Wexler Commission Study of Middle East School Books Consolidation of articles and reports on the flawed State Department commissioned ‘Wexler’ study of Palestinian Authority textbooks used in UNRWA schools.
March, 2012 Briefing at the Canadian Parliament: UNRWA Reform Initiative March 27, 2012: Presentations by David Bedein, Dr. Arnon Groiss and Jonathan D. Halevi.
March, 2012 Special Report: UNRWA As a Violator of Human Rights Human rights implications and impact of UNRWA policies and practices.
January, 2012 Briefing at Capitol Hill: UNRWA Reform Initiative Presentation of UNRWA educational materials and discussion with Rep. Chris Smith (R – N.J.) on the subject of education reform.
2011 Book: Where Has All the Flour Gone A book on UNRWA authored by David Bedein, featuring the politicized policies of UNRWA and its’ role in stalling advancement and reconciliation in the region.
October, 2011 Special Report: UNRWA Schools in Gaza – A Greenhouse for Hamas Hamas infiltration of UNRWA teachers union and ‘Kutla’ youth clubs and a profile of several Hamas terrorists that came out of these schools.
September, 2011 Special Report: Teaching the Right of Return on UNRWA’s Schools Translations of text taken directly from Palestinian Authority schoolbooks used in UNRWA schools.
2011 Comparative Chart: UNRWA vs. UNHCR Outlining the statistical data for UNRWA and the UNHCR.
August, 2011 Special Report: UNRWA’s Anti-Israel Bias Misrepresentation of situation in Gaza, promoting the flotilla, whitewashing of Hamas, new commissioner and his political stance and politicizing UNRWA.


Special Report: UNRWA Association with Hamas ‘Right of return’ radicalism in UNRWA camps and hamas takeover of UNRWA staff, schools and youth clubs.
2011 Documentary Film: UNRWA Right of Return Summer Camp Summer camp activities in UNRWA camps, promoting the right of return. Interviews with staff and students.


Special Report: The Case for Reforming UNRWA UNRWA changing its tactics alluding to reform, activities of John Ging, operating policies and the right of return. Incitement and terror groups embedded in UNRWA, textbooks not recognizing Israel/the ‘other,’ conclusions.
2011 Documentary Film: Palestinian Refugee Policy: From Despair to Hope UNRWA educational policies, textbooks, comparing UNRWA to UNHCR, re-settling a Palestinian refugee family in Chile, UNRWA questionable policies, interviews with UNRWA staff and profiles of UNRWA students turned suicide killers. Highlighting the terror groups operating within UNRWA facilities.
2010 Special Report: Official Policy Statements of UNRWA Officials: A Thorough Examination Statements from UNRWA officials.
December, 2010 Special Report: The Palestinian Refugees on the Day After Independence Implications of the ‘right of return.’


The Incitement Report: Vol. I, Issue 5 Official Palestinian Authority incitement and slander against Israel. Official UNRWA incitement in the case of the flotilla ‘Mavi Marmara.”
June, 2010 Briefing at Capitol Hill: UNRWA Reform Initiative Screening ‘For the Sake of Nakba’ and a presentation by Arlene Kushner of the subject of Palestinian refugees.
April, 2010 The Incitement Report: Vol. I, Issue 4 Addresses the misrepresentations and incitement routinely found amongst UNRWA representatives.
2010 Documentary Film: For the Sake of Nakba Exposing the UNRWA policies promoting ‘right of return’ through armed struggle, a look at UNRWA schools, camps, educational policies and ‘Nakba Day’ activities. An interview with UNRWA spokesman, Chris Gunness.
August, 2009 Special Report: UNRWA: Its Role in Gaza UNRWA’s position during the ‘Cast Lead’ war, Hamas connections, public statements by UNRWA, IDF and UNRWA.
March, 2009 Monograph Prepared for the European Parliament: UNRWA in Gaza & Terror Groups: The Connection Hamas domination of teachers unions in Gaza, UNRWA workers elections, officials support for armed struggle, teachers promote martyrdom, terror takeover of ‘Kutla’ youth clubs, ‘Islamic Jihad’ presence in UNRWA schools, and PFLP presence in UNRWA schools.
November, 2008 Special Report: Overview and Policy Critique UNRWA history, operational data, finances, rolls, mandate, policies and its’ effect on refugees, terror, political agenda and questionable practices.
September2005 Special Report: A Hard Look At An Agency in Trouble UNRWA inaction, denials, responsibilities and conclusions.
January, 2005 Briefing at Capitol Hill: UNRWA Reform Initiative Briefing for staffers of the U.S. House International Relations Committee members on the subject of official Palestinian Authority textbooks as the fomenters of violence among youth in the territories.
2004 Film: Hostages of Hatred Our first short documentary film on UNRWA.
October, 2003 Special Report: UNRWA Links to Terrorism Overview of UNRWA, terrorism links, evidence, UNRWA attitudes and lack of action, denials and responsibilities, conclusions.
March, 2003 Special Report Statistical data on UNRWA as of 2002, analysis, UNRWA policies, terror in the camps, conclusions.


UNRWA Reform: Articles and Reports from Other Sources

Reforming UNRWA [4]

UNRWA Resists Resettlement [5]

Defund UNRWA [6]

Washington’s Failure to Rein in UNRWA [7]

UNRWA at 60: Are There Better Alternatives? [8]

Experts advocate for change to U.S. policy on designating Palestinian refugees [9]

Why a Special Issue on UNRWA [10]

Dubious refugee relief [11]

The Palestinian Refugee Problem Resolved [12]

Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos [13]

Turning Off the Tap of Terrorist Funding [14]

Count Palestine Refugees? [15]

The Politics of the Palestinian Right of Return [16]

How UNRWA creates dependency [17]

Refugees unto the Third Generation: UN Aid to Palestinians [18]

Defund the UNRWA [19]

Camp Jihad in the News

Israel HaYom

August 16, 2013 [20]

Good Morning Israel, Hebrew, channel 10

August 15, 2013

We are at 57:00 [21]

The Blaze

August 14, 2013 [22]

Russian language Israel Broadcasting Authority News

August 14, 2013

We are at 17:38 [23]

The Times of Israel

August 14, 2013 [24]

Israel Broadcasting Authority Evening News

Channel 2 August 13, 2013 [25]

Maariv newspaper NRG

August 13, 2013 [26]

Jerusalem Post

August 7, 2013 [27]

Jerusalem Post

August 5, 2013 [28]


External links

The Center for Near East Policy Research web site (English).

The Middle East Forum web site (English)



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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: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.


  1. This is an important web site, I am impressed, and I will endeavor to read your reports. Might I suggest that you reach out to Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and her organization. They might be able to assist from a legal perspective. Also, Bibi’s new government appears to finally be taking a more aggressive approach in a number of areas, and might be enlisted in your efforts. I’m not sure which ministerial offices can help, but I’m sure one or more would want to lend a sympathetic ear and possible assistance. As for a donation, I would love to, but have lost my home and life savings due to a legal matter. Perhaps I’ll find the proverbial pot at the end of the rainbow some day. G-d bless you!


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