Since a primary subject that our office covers is UNRWA, allow me to say that the following article is well intentioned yet misleading.

​No changes can be made in UNRWA without the approval of the UNGA, which will never happen, because of the​ir​ automatic anti Israel majority.

Therefore, UNRWA cannot be weaved into the UNHCR

Moreover, the Islamic Arab states are now increasing their UNRWA funding​. ​

Saudi Arabia last year became the third largest donor to UNRWA, and Qatar is now spreading its influence in UNRWA education.​

https://www.unrwa.org/sites/default/files/donor_ranking_with_un_agencies_overall.pdf​​​

IF the US and other Western nations pull out of UNRWA, then we will see sudden ​Islamic domination of the UNRWA education system, where 492,000 students now learn in a system that has become moreradical than ever.

Our office has completed one year of translations all the PA school books used in UNRWA schools, and the incitement in these schools would only get worse.

Please read talking point number 7 to learn how to facilitate UNRWA reform.​

The following  points address ​our​ first comprehensive study of PA/UNRWA text books, as commissioned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Middle East Forum

  1. This is the study:

Executive Summary: http://israelbehindthenews.com/schoolbooks-palestinian-authority-pa-attitude-jews-israel-peace/15693/

Full report:  http://israelbehindthenews.com/full-study-school-books-now-used-unrwa-palestinian-authority/16438/

  1. Newsworthy items taken from those new PA/UNRWA textbooks:

http://israelbehindthenews.com/items-taken-new-pa-schoolbooks-used-unrwa-schools-august-2017/16365/

  1. Analysis of the UNRWA role in the education of Palestinian Arab children

http://israelbehindthenews.com/unrwas-problematic-educational-role-middle-east-conflict/16446/

  1. UNRWA response dismissed the study out of hand:

https://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/official-statements/textbooks-used-unrwa-schools-occupied-palestinian-territory

  1. Factual refutation by the authors of the study to UNRWA response:

http://israelbehindthenews.com/unrwa-spokesperson-christopher-gunness-refuted/16547/

  1. Statement from The Center For Near East Policy Research to the UNRWA response

http://israelbehindthenews.com/dont-believe-unrwa-spokesperson-tells/16549/

  1. UNRWA Policy reform: condition funds to UNRWA on reforms that are consonant with UN values:

http://israelbehindthenews.com/dont-dismantle-unrwa-reform-policies/16233/

  1. Short Investigative Movies of UNRWA, filmed on location:

http://tinyurl.com/lxc6xvs

​9. Having covered UNRWA education for thirty years, at no time have the US or the EU  ever been given the opportunity by UNRWA or the PA to review or approve textbooks used in any PA or UNRWA school.

http://israelbehindthenews.com/year-misinformation-obama-administration-us-aid-admits-not-interfere-palestinian-curriculum/15030/

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[Israel-Commentary] wrote:

Former U S ambassador to the UN, John Bolton said the Trump administration should withhold funding to the U.N.Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA),which ministers to Palestinian “refugees” (Three generations of them – almost as sick as our own US Welfare System)

Bolton argued the financing should be held back until UNRWA is abolished and any of its “legitimate functions” absorbed into the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which attends to all refugees world-wide besides the Palestinians. ”I think the UNRWA ought be abolished and it’s legitimate functions folded into the UN High Commission.

It is anomalous, to say the least, that refugee  status can be deemed to be inheritable from generation to generation. That is something that the world has never seen before.

And, I have seen UNRWA’s work on the ground. It is highly politicized. continued  Bolton: It’s basic culture is very anti-Israel – to say the least.

It would be anti-American more visibly if we didn’t give it hundreds of millions of dollars every year. And, I think the only way to shake things up is to abolish this agency entirely and to put its functions into the High Commissioner’s office.”

According to reports, the Trump administration has pledged to continue providing the annual US contribution at more that $300 million per year.

The US is, of course, the UNRWA’s single largest donor with fellow Arab nations giving virtually nothing to their own supposed cause!

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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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