11 December 2014
To: Ms. Imogen Atkinson
Office of David Burrowes MP, Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate
From: David Bedein, Director, Israel Resource News Agency & Center for Near East Policy Research
Thank you for your kind words about our briefing at the Henry Jackson Society
The theme of UNRWA is “Peace Starts Here”. Accountability for UNRWA policies, which do not promote peace, rests with donors to UNRWA.
The UN does not fund UNRWA activities. Donor nations do.
Our published piece in today’s Jerusalem Post speaks for itself.
There are numerous indiscretions in UNRWA education policy which members of Parliament could question.
We suggest that MP Burrowes begin by asking six questions concerning Western-funded UNRWA education policies which affect the minds and hearts of 492,000 students who now study in UNRWA schools:
- Why is Israel not mentioned in textbooks used by UNRWA?
The land of the Levant [Bilad al-Sham in Arabic] presently comprises the following states:
- The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
- The Republic of Lebanon
- The Syrian Arab Republic
(History of the Ancient Civilizations, Grade 5 (2004) p. 30)
Note: Later editions feature “Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria” only, with no titles. The State of Israel is missing in both versions.
- Why does Palestine replace Israel on maps of textbooks used by UNRWA?
Lesson 4: Palestine is Arab and Muslim
The Palestinian people is part of the Arab-Muslim nation
(National Education, Grade 2, Part 1 (2007) p. 16) [Latest edition of this book so far]
- Why does the very creation of Israel in 1948, by virtue of the 1947 UN partition resolution, defined in UNRWA textbooks as “occupation”?
How can a UN body object to the existence of a nation that is a member in good standing of the United Nations Organization?
A disaster fell upon Palestinian society in 1948 at the hands of the Zionist organizations as most of the Palestinians were forced to emigrate from their land and the State of Israel was established on part of Palestine…
(National Education, Grade 5 (2013) p. 30)
- Why does the UN allow textbooks used by UNRWA education to advocate war?
A language exercise indicating the liberation of Palestine by a violent struggle:
I will reconcile the following poetic lines with the feelings they express:
A morning of glory and red liberty watered by the martyrs’ blood… [Bottom right]
– The hope for the liberation of Palestine [Second item on the left]
(Reading and Texts, Grade 9, Part 1 (2013) p. 12)
- Why does UNRWA use textbooks which emulate martyrs who kill themselves while committing acts of murder?
The Martyr [Excerpts]
I will carry my soul in my palm and toss it in the abyss of destruction
[Let it be] either a life that delights a friend or a death that infuriates the enemies
Hearing [weapons’] clash is pleasant to my ear
And the flow of blood gladdens my soul
As well as a body thrown upon the ground
Skirmished over by the desert predators
By your life! This is the death of men
And whoever asks for a noble death – here it is!
(Our Beautiful Language, Grade 7, Part 1 (2013) p. 75) [The piece here is taken from an older edition, p. 97]
- Why does UNRWA use textbooks to indoctrinate students to engage in the “right of return” by force of arms?
We Are Returning
Returning, returning, we are returning
Borders shall not exist, nor citadels and fortresses
Cry out, O those who have left:
We are returning
Returning to the homes, to the valleys, to the mountains
Under the flag of glory, Jihad and struggle
With blood, sacrifice, fraternity and loyalty
We are returning
Returning, O hills; returning, O heights
Returning to childhood; returning to youth
To Jihad in the hills, [to] harvest in the land
We are returning
(Our Beautiful Language, Grade 5, Part 1 (2013) p. 50)
These examples represent only some of the issues ignored in the studies of UNRWA/PA education that were presented to DFID and the British government by organizations that whitewashed the current “spirit” of the schools in the UN refugee camps.