The JERUSALEM POST OF MAY 29TH,2019 , titled “KUSHNER, GREENBLATT EXPECTED TO VISIT MIDDLE EAST THIS WEEK” reported that US Presidential envoys Kushner and Greenblatt are “expected to discuss only the economic component” of the peace plan at this time.

Is there not a danger that their singular focus on economics will allow the Palestinian Authority to continue to operate a school system based on war indoctrination – without any objection?

The Center for Near East Policy Research, which I direct, took upon itself the responsibility to examine attitudes to war and peace which appear in Palestinian Authority schoolbooks used by the PA and UNRWA, ever since the PA issued its new school books in the August 2000

The center gained access to new PA school books after I asked permission to examine these texts from the late PLO chairman Yassir Arafat, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who assured me that new PA textbooks would promote peace and reconciliation.

However, all 364 PA schoolbooks used by the PA and by UNRWA were examined and found to be devoid of any hint of education for either peace or co-existence.

A new PA textbook for Grade 3 glorifies the necessity of “exterminating” foreigners and “scattered remnants”, namely, the country’s Jewish inhabitants, following the removal of Israel (the “ usurper” is the terminology used for Israel in PA textbooks )

Another new PA textbook, for Grade 5, presents the terrorist Dalal al- Mughrabi, who led the terrorist attack on a civilian bus on Israel, Coastal Highway in 1978,murdering 38 people, including 13 children, as a role model for the students.

Such “education” represents nothing less than vile indoctrination and that is what must first be addressed , if any semblance of peace is to be achieved.

White House sources confirm that President Trump saw the new PA school books and that their content outraged him.

Before economics, that is where Kushner and Greenblatt must place their attention.

If they do, they will earn the respect of the President of the United States, who has delegated them on a mission of peace in the Middle East.


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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.