Canada has announced a $70 million grant to UNRWA . Canada had cut off aid to the UNRWA general fund in 2010 after Hamas terror operatives were elected to run the UNRWA teachers association and the UNRWA workers association in Gaza in 2009.To expedite current donations to UNRWA, Canadians could ask their Ramallah office to adhere to guidelines to assure  transparency  with  UNRWA

  1. Ask for an audit of donor funds that flow to UNRWA This would address widespread documented reports of wasted resources, duplicity of services and the flow of cash to Gaza-based terror groups, which gained control over UNRWA operations in Gaza over the past 22 years.
  2. Introduce UNHCR standards to UNRWA to advance the resettlement of Arab refugees, after 67 years. Current UNRWA policy is that refugee resettlement interferes with their alleged  “right of return” to Arab villages that existed before 1948.
  3. Cancel the new UNRWA curriculum which incorporate principles of Jihad, martyrdom and  “right of return” by force of arms, in UN schools which are supposed to promote the UNRWA slogan of “Peace Starts Here.”
  4. Cease paramilitary training in all UNRWA schools UNRWA should demonstrate commitment to UN principles for “peace education”.
  5. Insist that UNRWA dismiss employees who are affiliated with Hamas in accordance with the Canadian law which forbids aid to any agency that employs members of a terrorist organization.
  6. Insist that UNRWA cancel its contract with “youth ambassador” Mohammad Assaf to travel the world encouraging violence. Would this not be the appropriate time for donor nations to ask that UNRWA cancel that contract with a harbinger of war?  

The  Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research seeks sponsors to conduct UNRWA policy briefings for the Canadian parliament, Canadian organizations and the Canadian media. In 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012, Canadian groups sponsored  our agency to brief the Canadian Parliament concerning the terror connections of UNRWA.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Canada said that our briefings influenced Ottawa to withdraw funding from UNRWA, 2010 until 2015.

 In 2016, Canadian funding was restored to UNRWA after Ottawa received false assurances that UNRWA had incorporated peace education into its schools.

The US government GAO report of 2018, commissioned by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, revealed that no program of peace education was ever introduced into UNRWA schools.

We stand ready to again brief the Canadian Parliament and the Canadian media on UNRWA reality.


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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.