Members of the Center for Near East Policy Research will be briefing concerning the policies of The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a United Nations agency which received over $400 million in American funding in 2014. The agency holds the sole mandate from the United Nations to provide education, health, relief, and social services to approximately five million registered Palestinian refugees residing in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza.

CNEPR will present new findings on UNRWA’s most recent textbooks used in classrooms throughout the West Bank, traditionally venues to forward extreme narratives. Past reports can be found here .

Date: Tuesday, March 22nd
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 2255 RHOB

The group’s mission statement:

The Center for Near East Policy Research is a research institute dedicated to proactive, investigative research and the publication of well-documented and cutting age data on the core issues of the Israeli-Arab conflict, with a sole purpose: to provide insights into the complex reality of Israel and the Middle East to decision makers, journalists and the general public.


  • David Bedein: Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research, investigative journalist and expert on UNRWA.
  • Bassem Eid: Palestinian human rights activist, political analyst and commentator with profound understanding of Palestinian affairs.
  • Dr. Arnon Groiss: Deputy director of IBA’s Arabic radio, expert on Palestinian Authority textbooks, holding a PhD in Islamic Studies from Princeton University.
  • Jonathan D. Halevi: Senior researcher on the Middle East and Radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.


  1. I have no confidence in UNRWA’s expertise in dealing with Middle East educational policies. They have proved themselves to be not fit for purpose – one example of which is the celebration of the murder of Israeli citizens within classrooms. There is also the matter of textbooks available to students which have no mention of Israel on the maps, thus proving, in my opinion, the illigitimacy of Israel, in UNWRA’s policy.
    Monies could be better spent, I am afraid.


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