Questions Sent today to  the US Government.

Enclosed please find three  questions which we ask that you relate to by Saturday night , January 25, when our agency will submit  a journalistic critique to the media of the official peace proposal offered by the  administration, “Peace to prosperity – a new vision for the Palestinian people and the broader middle east”.[1] 

This new plan aroused our interest due to the extensive research that our agency has  undertaken over the last 20 years concerning the educational content of the Palestinian Authority schools, which work under the  aegis of the Palestinian Liberation Organization UNRWA, The UN Relief and Works Agency.

Reviewing all 365 school books and all 109 teachers manuals issued by the PA for use in the UNRWA schools, our research concludes that the current PA school curriculum is grounded in three principles

  1. No legitimacy for Jews to live in Israel
  2. Demonizing  Jews.
  3. Indoctrination  for total war on the “Zionist entity”

You may peruse our studies of the PA/UNRWA curriculum at:

https://israelbehindthenews.com/studies-of-palestinian-authority-school-books-used-by-unrwa-conducted-by-the-center-for-near-east-policy-research-and-published-by-the-meir-amit-intelligence-and-terrorism-information-center/18974/

Yet in the ‘Peace to Prosperity’ program, the US calls for  support of PA education,  with no  mention of change  in the PA/UNRWA curriculum.

Question one: Why no demand for change in PA/UNRWA education?

In the section entitled ” Enhancing the Quality of the Education System in the West Bank and Gaza will ensure no Palestinian is disadvantaged by inadequate educational opportunity”.[2], the program  describes a vision of “the development and training of Palestinian educators while expanding access to educational opportunities for communities and populations that do not receive it”, as if there is an existing reality of sectoral discrimination against Palestinian Arabs. In its annual reports, UNRWA, which hosts responsible for many Palestinian educational institutions, boasts with satisfaction in providing access to equal, quality and safe education.[3]

Question two: Why does the program not mention that PA/UNRWA teaching manuals reinforce indoctrination of children for total war against Israel?

You may peruse our studies of PA/UNRWA teaching manuals at:
https://israelbehindthenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Israel-Jews-and-Peace-in-Palestinian-Aut.pdf

Question three: Why should the US propose such a  plan without the prior requirement for the commitment of the Palestinian education system to stop indoctrinating their students and teachers with demonization, delegitimization and incitement toward Israelis and Jews,  to harm them wherever they may be.


[1] https://www.whitehouse.gov/peacetoprosperity/

[2] Ibid

[3] 2018 annual operational report, p. 70

 

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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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Teaching hate to active young minds perpetuates it. I don’t see how the Palestinians will ever agree to a peace settlement and accept it as permanent if each new generation is taught to hate us.
    UNWRA just promotes instability that way and makes peace unattainable for both sides.

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