UNRWA policy briefing for US Congressional Staff:

UNRWA Fact vs Fiction: Countering Disinformation and Helping Palestinians

Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 1:30pm EST

As Congress considers the Administration’s request for renewed UNRWA funding, you are invited to a timely briefing to discuss UNRWA policy and the disinformation campaign about how UNRWA operates.

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Please witness a bipartisan Congressional briefing, via zoom, on Tuesday, May 11th at 1:30pm EST to dispel the myths about the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and how the US Congress can effectively support the needs of the Palestinians.

As Congress considers how much funding should be appropriated for UNRWA, there are important policy considerations that need to be addressed. Disinformation about the sourcing of textbooks (Palestinian Authority or UNRWA), the verification methods, role of the UN Secretary General, among others need to be understood in their proper context. UNRWA funding needs to support US national security concerns in the region by helping Palestinians move away from violence through removal of the UNRWA “war curriculum”. Most importantly, humanitarian aid through UNRWA needs to reach the people who need it most and help them move forward in a positive way toward a better future.

The briefing is hosted by the head of the Nahum Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research, Mr. David Bedein, MSW, along with experts who have documented UNRWA operations for more than twenty years – Journalist Dr. Arnon Groiss, Dr. Debbie Soffen and Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Weisenthal Center.

Please see the attached PDF for presenter bios:  Presenters UNRWA Policy Zoom Briefing

To RSVP, please use this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rf-GorD8pGdaJIE8_XTaxLEmrN0BNQwTu

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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.