The time has come to launch a coalition for Unrwa Education Policy Change, with initiators from Israel, Germany, Sweden, the UK, Canada, US and Australia, all major funders of UNRWAthe United Nations Relief and Works Agency, launched as a temporary agency for refugees from the 1948 war. Their descendants have been there ever since.
Let us ask citizens in each of these prominent UNRWA donor nations to ameliorate the current UNRWA school system, which now defies the values of the United Nations.

The first Unrwa Education Policy Change conference will convene, following November elections, in the US and in Israel.

Let us raise funds to provide an alternative to the current direction of UNRWA education, which does not allow any child to see past the illusion of the “right of return”

The coalition for Unrwa Education Policy Change has one purpose in mind: to transform UNRWA schools into an oasis of peace and reconciliation, so that a future of dignity can be advanced for the next generation of UNRWA young people to see beyond the squalor of 59 “temporary” refugee camps, where their families have dwelled with no hope and no future for over 70 years.

The coalition for Unrwa Education Policy Change will provide a practial vision of peace and reconciliation for the 6.7 million descendants of the 1948 war which they have never seen.


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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: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.