The White House National Security Council spokesman issued the following statement about UNRWA

“The United States has supported the work of UNRWA and has been among its leading donors, having provided over $359 million in assistance to UNRWA in FY 2017.  Like other UN agencies, UNRWA has been directed to use the curriculum of the relevant governing authority in its schools.  UNRWA staff is required to integrate teaching material and teaching plans to reflect neutrality and respect for human rights.  The United States has long supported UNRWA’s humanitarian work, and recognizes its role as a stabilizing force and counterweight to extremism.  This includes the education of nearly 500,000 Palestinian students in about 700 schools.  We are aware of allegations of anti-Semitism in the curricula UNWRA uses, and are in regular contact with UNRWA to ensure they review all allegations and take remedial action when necessary”.

Oct. 19, 2017

Mr. Robert J. Palladino 

‎Special Advisor for External Relations, Office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Dear Mr. Palladino,

Concerning the above UNRWA NSC policy statement, The Center for Near East Policy Research and the Israel Resource News Agency have conducted hands on research, reporting and filming  of UNRWA for more than 30 years. 

Our agency has been informed that the US government does not vet, examine or translate the PA textbooks used by UNRWA.

We are pleased to inform the NSC that we have completed a thorough examination and translation of all Palestinian Authority UNRWA text  books now in use  in the current school year by UNRWA, in the West Bank, Jerusalem and  Gaza.  This study was underwritten by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Middle East Forum.

Therefore, our center offers to bring Dr. Arnon Groiss, the main author of this thorough investigation of  UNRWA textbooks, to brief the professional NSC staff concerning the findings that emanate from this first comprehensive study of Palestinian Authority textbooks.

Sincerely Yours,

David Bedein


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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.