The British government is to be lauded for stating  that it willlook into the indiscretions of PLO “education”, as reported in the Jewish News article of February 12, 2020, entitled

“British government says changes will be made to Palestinian textbooks”

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/british-government-says-changes-will-be-made-to-palestinian-textbooks/

However, in this  Jewish News article, the DFID, overseer UK foreign aid, made an untrue statement that  “UK aid does not pay for textbooks…” and then went on to note that the UK has donated £65.5 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency.

As the director of an agency that writes about Palestinian Authority schools which operate under the aegis of UNRWA, I have met with officials of DFID, who say that they know that UNRWA allocates 54% of their budget to finance education, whose primary educational expense involves the purchase of school book with no oversight whatsoever from any donor nation, especially the UK, the fifth largest blind funder of UNRWA. So much for the claim that the “UK aid does not pay for textbooks…”

Another questionable statement quoted in the article is that UNRWA “was left in dire financial straits in 2018 after the US slashed US funding, ignoring the fact that UNRWA itself gave wide publicity to the fact that all US funding cut of UNRWA was replaced by the UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia & Qatar on September 1, 2018, the day after the US cut its funds for UNRWA. That is not known to the public, because UNRWA has conducted a high profile PR campaign which drums out the daily dirge that the US left UNRWA in “dire financial straits”.

To the substance of Palestinian schools. Our 20 years of research show that the PLO has transformed Palestinian schools into a tools of war, with what has been termed “the weapons of mass instruction..

Just this year,  the PLO issued a new textbook dedicated to Dalal Mughrabi, who commandeered an Israeli bus in 1978 and murdered 38 Jews, including 13 children. Four pages about Dalal present her as a role model for fifth graders to emulate.

We have reviewed all 365 school books and 109 teachers manuals in use by the Palestinian schools which operate under UNRWA. Not one word about peace in any UNRWA book, even though the slogan of UN education remains: PEACE STARTS HERE.

As a gesture of integrity, why does the UK at least demand the removal of the new  text dedicated to the legacy of Dalal Mughrabi?

Dalal Mugrabi, clad in terror outfit, presented in text for 5th graders.
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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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  1. America should find away to leverage their trade with the countries that have made up the shortfall to UNRWA. True friends of the US DO NOT undermine the efforts of an ally that is trying to rectify the corruption of an international organization – to make sure that the recipient organization is NOT working against American and European interest.

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