While most people critical of UNRWA policies devoted time and energy to oppose the renewal of the UNRWA mandate this past week, the Center for Near East Policy Research worked on the assumption that the UNRWA mandate would be renewed.

The center took another approach , dispatching experts on UNRWA policy to brief staff from both sides of the aisle of the US Congress, to brief the US delegation at the UN, and brief senior staff of the UN Secretary General.

The Center for Near East Policy Research presented its latest UNRWA documentary short film, its latest study of UNRWA education, and its list of reasonable requirements for UNRWA schools to live up to values of the United Nations.

Universal response from the US Congress, from the US mission to the UN and from the office of the UN secretary general: Full encouragement for the Center to bring these concerns to donor nations of UNRWA – they are ones who can make or break UNRWA policy:


The real mandate for UNRWA must be to reverse UNRWA indoctrination to believe in the “right of return” by force of arms.

Renewal of the UNRWA mandate must signal an effort to adopt policies conforming with UN principles of peace education.

Short documentary screened :


Requirements for UNRWA schools:


UNRWA policy challenges:



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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: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.