Our center has produced a short film, ‘Children’s Army of Hamas,’

which documents that Hamas has not changed its mindset.

The film shows that Hamas continues to indoctrinate
children to engage in terror.

Shot on location in Gaza, the film features interviews with

leaders of Hamas and students who live in UNRWA facilities, the agency which provides aid to the vast majority of Gaza residents.

The film reveals that Hamas now recruits and exploits 17,000 young teens for their army.

Drafted from UNRWA by Hamas, the film interviews teens attending war
games, where they learn how to use lethal weapons.

Training children for combat represents a clear human rights violation, as spelled out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child.

Article 3.1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child requires that “in all actions concerning children… the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Article 6 requires all UN agencies

to recognize “that every child has the inherent right to life,” and, further, that UN agencies “shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.”

Donor nations and the media can now watch Hamas leaders articulate their vision and also listen to youngsters who are now trained as combatants. .

It will be instructive if the EU and the donors to UNRWA will consider visual evidence of Hamas human rights violations perpetrated against children.


  1. Comment:isreal defence forces carries out operation no odd man out including infants I see no wrong in teaching those children to fight IDF


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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.