Response to Einat Wilf and Adi Schwartz article in the Spectator.

Kol HaKavod that you continue to publicize “right of return” as the driving issue of UNRWA to wide coverage in the public domain. I hope that our in coverage on the subject will augment your work.

However, you write in the Spectator that you want to see UNRWA dissolved and handed over to the PA.

Over a period of thirty years, we have researched both possibilities.

Our conclusions:

  1. UNRWA cannot be dissolved without UNGA consent. To advocate an “end of UNRWA” is a dead end.
  2. Since August 1, 2000, UNRWA uses PA school books as their only texts in allowed Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem. We have commissioned studies of all 365 PA school books & 109 PA teachers manuals used by UNRWA. Their lethal theme, laced throughout the PA school curriculum: focuses on the “right of return” by force of arms. https://israelbehindthenews.com/examining-text-books-handed-to-unrwa-by-the-palestine-liberation-organization/19975/

In other words, handover of UNRWA to the PA is a dead end.

Although COGAT embraces UNRWA, the time has come to disturb their romance.

Here are two directions for neutralizing UNRWA that can work:

  1. https://israelbehindthenews.com/15-policy-challenges-for-the-new-head-of-unrwa-2/20009/
  2. https://israelbehindthenews.com/david-bedein-leading-fight-unrwa-reform-initiative/16871/

I would more than welcome your response.

David Bedein
Director
Israel Resource News Agency

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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.

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