In February 2011, producers of the Center For Near East Policy Research’s  short film, “FOR THE SAKE OF NAKB”A,,  which exposed UNRWA incitement the UNRWA school system in the Palestinian Authority, presented that movie for a synagogue in Chicago.

Only a few weeks later,  UNRWA dispatched a speaker to that same synagogue to raise funds for a new UNRWA holocaust curriculum that UNRWA announced it was about to implement.

This news of an UNRWA holocaust curriculum seemed rather odd to Arab and Jewish journalists  who had covered UNRWA for many years, because they had never heard of any such thing in UNRWA.  However, as news spread of the initiative, US Jewish groups showered praise on UNRWA for its reported desire to sensitize Arab youth to the holocaust. Israeli intelligence also praised UNRWA for the same reason.

The UNRWA rep toured the US at the time and raised an undetermined amount of funds for the UNRWA holocaust education initiative.   However, as  reported at the time, there was widespread Palestinian Arab opposition to the  UNRWA holocaust education initiative in the UNRWA communities, and the program  never came to fruition.

Yet  funds raised by UNRWA remained with UNRWA and were allocated to the UNRWA Ministry of Eeducation, which works together with the Palestinian authority – to supply the UNRWA schools with the PA schools with all of the school books.

Arab and Jewish experts of the  Center for Near East Policy Research reviewed all PA school books used in UNRWA, and  concluded that the UNRWA/PA school system is based on full scale war indoctrination of the 492,000 students who learn in the UNRWA schools in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem.

What  became of the UNRWA Holocaust Education Initiative? We asked  that of a senior official in the UN  who supervises UNRWA. His answer, in writing , was that there was never any plan by UNRWA to implement any holocaust education initiative. 

In other words, UNRWA raised funds for a program that never existed and never would exist. Yet  UNRWA used it to improve its image in the Jewish community and in Israel.

Between 2011 and 2016, the Center for Near East Policy Research dispatched experts to conduct a briefing each year for staffers and members of the US Congress about  the UNRWA war curriculum.

Since the US donates  $400 million of the $1.2 billion UNRWA budget, UNRWA was not happy with these briefings and sent a representative to each of these briefings to passionately state that UNRWA runs no war curriculum in its schools, and that UNRWA was devoid of incitement.

The Obama administration kicked in with its own statements on the record that denied the very existence of incitement in the PA/UNRWA schools.

Now UNRWA has changed its tune,  after President Trump , very early in his administration, made it known that he would no longer tolerate the current Palestinian school books which promote incitement to war.

Fearful that  the new US Administration will cut the US contribution to UNRWA, UNRWA has suddenly changed its message , sending out messages that it has created a peace education curriculum to eradicate the incitement which UNRWA had been saying for years did not exist.

UNRWA went to the trouble of circulating the precise changes that it intended to implement to overhaul the UNRWA curriculum. The Palestinian Authority, contracted by UNRWA as  the exclusive supplier of school books to UNRWA, objected to any changes that UNRWA was reportedly offering.

So there will be no  PA UNRWA peace education curriculum.

Yet the international and Israeli media universally reporting  today that UNRWA is about to implement a peace education curriculum.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

As with the story of  the UNRWA Holocaust Education Initiative which never existed,  UNRWA spreads the story of a peace education curriculum  –  with no basis in reality.

*David Bedein, Director of Israel Resource News Agency and the head of the Center for Near East Policy Research, Author, GENESIS OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY & ROADBLOCK TO PEACE: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered 


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David Bedein
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.