The United Arabic Emirates’ revolutionary recognition of Israel is now a fact of life.

At the same time, UAE pours $51 million per year, with no strings attached, into the UNRWA budget.

This makes the UAE the fifth-largest contributor to UNRWA in the world, and the largest donor to UNRWA among the Arab nations.

The UAE is fully aware that UNRWA uses 54% of its allocations to finance a new school system which invokes “the right of return by force of arms.”*

For UNRWA, the call to violence has been ongoing for many years.

Ever since 1999, when Hamas terror groups were elected to run the UNRWA workers’ union and the UNRWA teachers’ association in Gaza, Hamas terror groups have tightened their grip on UNRWA, using their schools as bases for attacks throughout Israel.

The past two weeks were no exception.

On August 8, 2020, the new school year began for the 288 UNRWA schools in Gaza. That was the day that Gazans resumed their campaign of launchingfirebombs over southern Israel, using UNRWA schools as their collective protective shields.

Indeed, on August 8th, we dispatched a Palestinian TV crew to film the opening day of the school year at UNRWA’s schools in Jabalya in northern Gaza.

The sight was endearing: immaculate, well-scrubbed schools with slogans that adorned the classrooms with calls for respect, freedom and equality.

Yet the first lesson, which the teacher chose to inaugurate the school year, open, was a poem and song entitled ‘The Land of the Nobles’. The teacher wrote the words on the blackboard, so that no UNRWA student would miss a syllable. It went as follows:

“I will plunder my blood to kill the land of the nobles and remove the robber from my land. And I will destroy the defeated remnants of the strangers … and exterminate the foreigners’ scattered remnants”(‘Our Beautiful Language’, 3rd grade, p. 64).

As part of the classroom introductory activity, the teacher asked each student where he or she was from, and the name of his or her “original” village.

The children quickly chimed in that they were from villages from 1948 which were conquered by the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Our crew stepped outside the classroom to hear what the students thought of peace, the firebomb balloon attacks, and the ‘right of return’.

The children answered in robotic manner, one after another:

” Fire balloons are great for us and cause lots of damage to the Jews.”

“Fire balloons are good for us and we know that the conquerer’s economy is hurting.”

“I dream of returning to my land and subduing the conquest and defeating the Jews.”

“We will fight against the invaders who stole our land.”

The UNRWA children did not look angry, frustrated, sad or hateful. Rather, they appeared determined to fight. These UNRWA elementary school students seem to have been reciting slogans by heart for a long time. Their response was prompt, without any hesitation.

Over the next month, leading to the Jewish New Year on Rosh HaShanah, the terms of the new UAE Middle East Peace Treaty will be hammered out.

During this month of reflection, “peace education” could become a vital clause in the new pact with the UAE.

While press attention focuses on the dangers of F-135 stealth bombers, the UAE delivery of “lethal weapons of mass instruction” could fan the flames of war for generations to come.

*For 20 years, the Center for Near East Policy Research has examined all UNRWA texts, which speak for themselves:


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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.