This week, while Arab arsonists lit massive fires of war throughout Israel, the Center for Near East Policy Research concluded a new study of  newest Palestinian Authority (PA) schoolbooks used in schools operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem,  published in 2014-2016 and authored by veteran journalist and scholar of  Islamic studies, Dr. Arnon Groiss.

The most recently PA published books incite 500, 000 UNRWA students to join a violent struggle to liberate  territories inside pre-1967 Israel, where fires burn today. .The “Right of Return” , as taught in UNRWA schools, means that each child must engage in a war to on the “settlements” that replaced homes and villages where the students are taught that his grandparents and great grandparents came from. The student learns from what his village look like, and which “settlement” has usurped what he believes to be the family home that awaits him.

A 25 page executive summary can be found at:

UNRWA betrays its moral obligation as a UN agency,  adopting   textbooks to indoctrinate children in  the art of total warl.

The new study shows that PA schoolbooks used by UNRWA  make no pretense of following the principles agreed on within the Oslo Accords,-  mutual recognition, resolution of the conflict by peaceful means only and  rejection of violence.

Instead, new PA/UNRWA school books adopt a threefold attitude of de-legitimization, demonization and indoctrination for every child to engage in the war  to decimate Israel.

De-legitimization, in this case, means denying Jews the right to life in the land.

New PA/UNRWA school books reject Jewish presence in the country in antiquity and event negate the idea that there were holy places to the Jews, such as the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem-  all of which are described as Muslim holy places usurped by Jews.

Demonization plays a vital part in the UNRWA textbook war.

PA/UNRWA books attribute to the Jews genocidal intentions towards the Palestinians and present the latter as the ultimate victims in the war. New PA/UNRWA school books sport over twenty accusations against the Jews –   conducting  massacres , destroying villages, aggression against  Arab countries, murdering  Palestinian children, assassinating Palestinian leaders, demolishing homes, uprooting trees, robbing land and water, jailing Palestinian “freedom fighters”, damaging Palestinian economy, bearing responsibility for in-family violence in Palestinian society, causing drug addiction, and polluting the Palestinian environment.

Such portrayals of Jews can easily motivate an UNRWA student to kill. It would be an understatement to say that PA books  in UNRWA schools never discuss peace or co-existence with Israel.  Instead,  they promote a war to liberate Palestine, all of Palestine,  with no battle not restricted to  Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Radical Islamic motifs –Martyrdom, Jihad, and Ribat (standing on guard against the enemies of Islam)– “values” taught for UNRWA students to exalt..

These findings cast a shadow over UNRWA as a UN agency committed to peace, since this in the one UN agency uses texts that call for Jihad , eliminate Israel from maps, falsify history and historical documents and deny any  recognition of Israel, a member in good standing of the UN since 1949. as a sovereign state. In the new UNRWA books, Israel is replaced by Palestine as the sovereign state in the region in text as well, not only on maps: “The countries of the Levant [Bilad Al-Sham in Arabic] are Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon” (Islamic Education, Grade 2, Part 1 (2014) p. 72); “…The countries of the Levant [Bilad Al-Sham] presently consist the following states: Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria”. In addition, Tel Aviv, is defined for the first time as a city established by Jewish intruders  and, accordingly, not shown on the map, which now appears on the UNRWA map with an Arabic name (Mathematics, Grade 1, Part 1 (2016) p.143), creating  a new Palestinian myth that depicts Tel Aviv as an occupied Arab city.

The UNRWA books of 2016 strengthens the violent character of the struggle for liberation. The UNRWA textbooks of National and Social Upbringing for grades 3 and 4 refers, for the first time, to the role of these particular books vis-à-vis the “conquest” : “This book is intended to build and strengthen the set of values and nationalism among the younger generation of our sons, the students – in order to withstand the various challenges imposed by the conquest that oppresses our land and uses various means in order to continue its hegemony and control over our fate and resources and liquidate all the local, regional and international efforts aiming at liberation, construction and establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

30 Democratic nations , beginning with the US,  finance  UNRWA to the tune of 1.2 billion USD each year. These donor nations could  check and revise books used in UNRWA schools. That will happen only when citizens of  donor nations demand that their governments condition funding to UNRWA on an overhaul of the UNRWA schools.

The  question remains: Why allow UN schools to indoctrinate children to engage in  war?

The writer is author of Roadblock to Peace – How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered and has been active in efforts to reform UNRWA for the past 28 years. He runs the Israel Resource News Agency and the Center for Near East Policy Research, which has produced books, monographs and movies filmed on location in UNRWA.


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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.