One of the foci of the Center for Near East Policy Research, CFNEPR, which I have directed since the retirement of Dr. Arnold Soloway in 2005, remains the issue of UNRWA, which we film and publish investigations for the media and for elected officials.
Our 29 year inquiry into UNRWA policy has directly led to the US government GAO full scale investigation into UNRWA ties with organizations designated by the US as terrorist organizations.

Our offer, this year, was to fly over  Jewish and Arab on UNRWA , to brief 2017 AIPAC conference with our latest investigations of UNRWA, on film and with hands- on documentation.

Since the US allocated $400 million to UNRWA – one third of the UNRWA budget – this is an American issue that would concern ever member of AIPAC.

We held successive meetings with AIPAC staff in Jerusalem, yet never received an answer as to why the Center for Near East Policy Research would not be allowed to provide a briefing for AIPAC conference members at its conference.

We did get a call this week from a prominent  ​elder statesman of AIPAC, who was called in by the US State Department and told by State that UNRWA had reformed its school system and ​ that UNRWA now promotes peace and reconciliation.

Not much different from the Obama administration Line from exactly one year ago on the same subject:

http://israelbehindthenews. com/us-govt-fabrication%E2%80% 8B%E2%80%8Bthat-paunrwa- school-books-meet-standards- peace-education/14527/

​At that time, Guy Lawson the head of PRM,  the Dep’t of Population Refugees & Migration  who oversees PA/UNRWA US State department policy,  ​personally met with me and reassured our agency that the US State Department had ev‎aluated the PA textbooks used in UNRWA schools and that they met standards of peace education.

However, CFNEPR verified that no such ev‎aluation ever occurred and that State Department instead issued orders to US AID not to examine the PA school books used in UNRWA school.

Our response was to immediately purchase all educational content used by  UNRWA and to hire two PhD’s to translate the material and two Arab experts  to ev‎aluate the material. .

The executive summary of UNRWA education speaks for itself.

We also commissioned a study on the current HAMAS terror involvement with UNRWA ​speaks for itself.

These are our latest films which AIPAC members could have seen this week:



It should be noted that the Israel Minister of Defense has taken the unprecedented move of making demands that UNRWA must crush Hamas


Israeli intelligence assesses that UNRWA fears that the US Congress may take action against Hamas.

Over the past few weeks, UNRWA inadvertently admitted that Hamas officials are on its staff,  something that our office uncovered and warned about for the past 14 years:

Our conclusion is that  the  virulent anti-semitism which emanates from UNRWA is worse than ever.​

There are initiatives now pending in the US Congress to condition further US Aid to UNRWA on a cessation of UNRWA anti-Semitic policy.

However, key members of the US Congress people have informed us that AIPAC will not support that legislation, a stand which essentially kills the initiative to put a stop to the efforts of UNRWA to instill anti-semtic fervor in the hearts and minds of the 492,000 students who learn in UNRWA schools.

It has come to our attention that AIPAC may follow the lead of the Israel Civil Administration, which pays no attention whatsoever to the anti-semitism that is promulgated by UNRWA. The Middle East Forum study on why AIPAC influences the US Congess to not act against UNRWA speaks for itself:

Unanswered questions to AIPAC:

​Why would AIPAC not allow CFNEPR  to conduct a briefing to share our research, films and studies of UNRWA with AIPAC conference  participants?

Why does AIPAC not support new legislation to condition US Aid to UNRWA on a cessation of anti-semitism ?

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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.


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