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March 22, 2021

Last month, the Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research gave its sixth briefing in less than four years for senior staffrrs of the UN Secretary General, concerning the indiscretions of UNRWA education.

Dr. Arnon Groiss, who has examined all 1000 school books that the PA provided UNRWA since August 2000, cited official UNRWA reports which confirm :UNRWA allocates 58% of its $1.5 billion budget to education.

Dr Groiss provided numerous examples of violent anti-Semitism in the UNRWA school system, where the PA operates as the sole source of texts for UNRWA schools in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and Gaza.

A flagrant example documented by Dr. Groiss is a poem that third-grade children recite each day about the extermination of Jews, which is now a popular song in UNRWA schools:

“I swear, I shall sacrifice my blood

In order to water the land of the noble ones,

And to remove the usurper [code name for Israel] from my country

And to exterminate the defeated remnants of the foreigners…”

In response, the UN Secretary General staff members made it clear that donor nations to UNRWA are held responsible and accountable to overseeing UNRWA policies.

In that context, will you, in your capacity as the Ambassador of… ask that UNRWA remove antisemitism from its midst?

Will you issue a directive to each UNRWA school to invoke the values of the UN which stress principles of peace and reconciliation?

It would be an understatement to note that UNRWA schools whose walls and gates are adorned by portraits of terrorists who have committed acts of murder do not reflect the values of UN education.

Julia Marks
Diplomatic Liaison
Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research