Someone sent the following query:

”Please direct us to a template for writing a letter to Congress to educate congressmen on why it is imperative that the US condition funds to UNRWA Many of us want to urge them but don’t have command of the facts. How do we EDUCATE CONGRESS?Please help. Thank you”

Here is the answer:

Educate legislators by presenting the facts in a clear, logical way, knowing that members of the US Congress and other legislative bodies pay attention to the few people who present burning issues in a reasonable way.

In the US, express policy concerns to US Senators and US Representatives who sit on US congressional subcommittees which oversee Middle East policy.

Five reasonable UNRWA policy concerns which you can raise in the form of a hard copy letter, an e-mail or facebook message:

Unlike any other refugee agency in the world, UNRWA keeps millions of refugees as “refugees in perpetuity”, instilling false hope in the lives of five million descendants of Arab refugees from the 1948 that they would be repatriated to Arab villages that existed before 1948. School books used by thousands of students who learn in UNRWA schools, translated in its entirety by professionals, shows that the UNRWA curriculum indoctrinates every school child to devote their lives to the “right of return”- by force of arms.

What can be done to reform UNRWA:

  1. Cancel the new UNRWA war curriculum, based on Jihad, martyrdom and the “right of return by force of arms”, which have no place in UN education, whose theme is “Peace Begins Here”.
  2. Cease paramilitary training in all UNRWA schools. It is an absurdity that UNRWA, a UN agency with a purported commitment to “peace education”, allows such arms training on its premises.
  3. Insist that UNRWA dismiss employees affiliated with Hamas in accordance with laws on the books in western nations that forbid aid to any agency that employs members of a terrorist organization.
  4. Introduce UNHCR standards to UNRWA to advance resettlement of fourth and fifth generation refugees from the 1948 war.
  5. They have spent some seven decades relegated to refugee status. Current UNRWA policy, rigidly enforced: any Arab refugee resettlement would interfere with
    the “right of return” to pre-1948 Arab localities. By adopting the political stance of Arab maximalists, UNRWA flouts its own commitment to the welfare and
    future of Arab refugees from 1948 and their descendants.
    5. Demand an audit of donor funds that emanate from 68 nations. This would address documented reports of wasted resources, duplication of services and an undesired flow of cash to the Gaza-based terror groups that have controlled UNRWA operations there for the past 18 years.




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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.