In response to the JPOST article of January 14, 2021 “UNRWA’s education filled with hate, calls to jihad and violence – report”-

https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/unrwas-education-filled-with-hate-calls-to-jihad-and-violence-report-655282

As an agency which has examined all 1100 school books used by UNRWA schools in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem since the Palestinian Authority introduced their own curriculum with UNRWA in August, 2000, we would like to confirm the the findings that the JPOST reports concerning the indoctrination to violence which characterize UNRWA texts, all of which emanate from PA school books.

There  are  five factors which must be emphasized.

1.               We have conducted interviews with four consecutive PA ministers of Education who report that UNRWA works under a directive that only PA approved curriculum will be used in UNRWA schools.

2.               We have held five consultations with the staff of the UN Secretary General Gutteres concerning UNRWA indiscretions. The staff of Mr. Gutteres has made it clear that responsibility for allegations of misconduct in UNRWA rests with the 47 donor nations, who collectively donate more than one billion dollars to UNRWA each year, with 58% of the UNRWA budget allocated to “education”.

3.               The United Arab Emirates, which signed an anti-incitement treaty with Israel in September, 2020, serves as the new head of the UNRWA Advisory Council of Donor  Nations. In that context, there is no reason why not to hold the UAE accountable for the vile anti semitic UNRWA education, as reported in the JPOST.

4.                Germany remains the leading contributor of unconditional donations to UNRWA,in the amount of $200 million per year, and needs to be held accountable for such “education”. To paraphrase  Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Wiesenthal Center, “Germany should at least not cause  any further damage to the Jews”.

5.               In the interest of full disclosure, our agency has  established a site which features all school books of the PA for anyone to peruse.

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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.