This letter is being written due the generous donation made by the donor governments to the humanitarian services of UNRWA.

In this new school year UNRWA is using the schoolbooks that are representing the same curriculum which fosters the Right of Return by force of arms“. 

This is a continued theme of UNRWA education which can be demonstrated by a clear read of their textbooks. 

Hamas demonstrates full control over all UNRWA facilities in Gaza. This adds flame to the fire of UNRWA school curriculum in Gaza, where at this time 75 % of the Gaza population dwell in UNRWA refugee camps.

In consecutive elections since 1999, our studies have shown that Hamas has won full control of the UNRWA Gaza Workers Union & the UNRWA Gaza Teachers Union. Hamas has maintained  that control  ever since, despite the fact that Hamas is defined by the United Nations and most of the UNRWA donor nations as a terrorist organisation. As of March 2020, Australia defines Hamas as a terrorist organisation. 

Our films of UNRWA education in Gaza shot on location since 2009 have shown that Hamas has used the UNRWA schools as training grounds for military operations and with UNRWA students  armed with live weapons on UNRWA premises.  

These films have been screened more than once  at the United Nations press association, at the office of the UN Secretary General, at the US Congress, the Canadian,  British, Swedish Parliaments and at the German Bundestag so that the UN and the donor nations cannot say that they do not know what  the consequences of UNRWA education in Gaza are.

Renewal of UNRWA schools in Gaza means that Hamas can once again operate  from a convenient base of operations, to motivate an indoctrinated school population to shoot light weapons, balloons and rockets into southern Israel, fired from the cover of UNRWA schools, whose motto  remains: “The right of return by force of arms”.

The minds of young UNRWA pupils in Gaza are instructed that Israel’s Western Negev was populated by their Arab villages and that they were expelled to „temporary” UNRWA refugee camps in Gaza. They have been there ever since, educated by UNRWA schools in Gaza  that they possess the right to take back lands lost during Israel’s war on Independence at the time. The young students in Gaza have no idea that six Arab armies invaded the nascent state of Israel at its birth in 1948.

For years, our TV crews in Gaza have documented how Hamas has galvanized children from UNRWA schools to march on the fences which demarcate the Israel frontier.   Israel and the UNRWA donor nations know exactly Hamas is again capable of doing under- the protective haven of UNRWA schools.

The question remains: What will the UN and the donor nations do in the new school year to prevent the UNRWA schools in Gaza from using  UNRWA as a launching pad for further attacks. 

This is the scenario awaiting the new UNRWA school year in Gaza. 

For some reason, UNRWA has decided to open its schools – exclusively in Gaza this time.

This begs the question as to whether the UN and the UNRWA donor nations will step in as a moderating force.

Over the past four years The Center for Near East Policy Research has held five meetings with senior officials of the UN Secretary General accompanied by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.  

The staff of the UN Secretary General made it clear that it is a responsibility of the donor nations to take responsibility to oversee that their donations to UNRWA are used for peaceful purposes.

With the launch of the UNRWA Gaza school year this coming Saturday,August 8th, will the  donor nations  make sure that the UNRWA school year in Gaza acts according to the values of the United Nations?


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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.