With all the recent publicity afforded to the administrative indiscretions of UNRWA,  the time has come to focus on a more   vital aspect of this refugee agency: education.

After all, UNRWA allocates 54% of its $1.2 billion dollar budget allocated by 67 nations, to education.

In that context, the staff of Israel Resource News Agency at the Center for Near East Policy Research  has, since August 1, 2000, engaged a blue ribbon team of journalists who hold advanced degrees in Islamic Studies, to translate and examine all school books issued by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education for 321,000 UNRWA students, age 6 to 16.

In the newest PA schoolbooks, used by UNRWA, all areas settled by “Zionists” are defined for the Arab school child as occupied and illegal, with the explicit command given to obliterate them.

In fact, the UNRWA school system (which also operates in Arab refugee camps in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon) now calls for a violent “right of return by force of arms” to all lands lost to the Arabs in 1948

In that context, we engage journalists to  film terrorist indoctrination in the UNRWA schools, along weapons instruction with live ammunition, conducted for all UNRWA students, with live weapons.

The time has come for donor nations to defuse the toxic UNRWA powder keg: This can be accomplished in six steps.

1. Cancel the new UNRWA curriculum that incorporates principles of Jihad, martyrdom and a “right of return” by force of arms, in UN schools which are supposed to promote the UNRWA slogan of “Peace Starts Here.”

2. Cease paramilitary training in all UNRWA schools. UNRWA would then demonstrate a commitment to UN principles for peace education.

3. Insist that UNRWA dismiss employees affiliated with Hamas/ in accordance with laws on the books in Western nations, which forbid aid to any agency that employs members of a terrorist organization.

4. Insist that UNRWA cancel its contract with “youth ambassador” Mohammad Assaf, who travels the world encouraging violence.

5. Insist on an independent audit of donor funds that flow to UNRWA This would address widespread documented reports of wasted resources, duplicity of services and the undesired flow of cash to Gaza-based terror groups, which gained control over UNRWA operations in Gaza during the past 18 years.

6. Introduce UNHCR standards to UNRWA to advance the resettlement of Arab “refugees.” – the millions of descendants of the original “refugees”, (today about 20,000 ) many of whom left due to promises made by Arab countries in 1948 that they would wipe out the Jews, whose homes could be taken over shortly.

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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.

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