US Congress opens investigation of UNRWA schools for inciting terrorism


view videoVIEW VIDEO: US Congressmen to begin investigating incitement to terrorism against Jews in the UNRWA schools, as demonstrated in film by the Center for Near East Policy Research.



Members of the US House of Representatives are going to begin investigating incitement to terrorism in the Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools using material provided by a Jerusalem based research center, its director told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

A Palestinian refugee knocks on the closed gate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters with his walking stick. – Photo: REUTERS

“Congress is going to begin an official investigation of UNRWA using some of our material to look at creating new standards for the organization,” said David Bedein, director of the Jerusalem based Center for Near East Policy Research.

“While they cannot defund or get rid of UNRWA, which is ensconced in the UN,” they can advocate changes be made, said Bedein, who also heads the Center’s affiliated Israel Resource News Agency, established in 1987.


Bedein sees getting rid of the agency as unrealistic and so is pushing for reform, particularly with its education system which promotes “war with Israel.”

The Center for Near East Policy is continually investigating UNRWA to promote accountability and transparency for the organization that serves the purpose of “keeping the Palestinian refugees as such by keeping alive the promise of return.

Bedein’s organization released a new video, “The UNRWA Road to Terror: Palestinian Classroom Incitement,” showing youth that purportedly attend UNRWA schools voicing support for terrorism against Jews.

One student in the video named Arafat, an UNRWA student in Shuafat, Jerusalem said, “They tach us in school that Jews are fickle, bad people.”

“I am ready to stab a Jew, and drive [a car] over them,” he added.

Another UNRWA student in Kalandia said, “Stabbing and running over Jews brings dignity to the Palestinians. I’m going to run them over and stab them with knives.”

Nur Taha, an UNRWA student in Kalandia, commented, “With Allah’s help, I will fight for ISIS, the Islamic State.”

The Post contacted UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness but did not get a response by press time.

However, Gunness did respond to Bedein’s charges and the video, telling Fox News on Thursday that Bedein mixed up UN and other Palestinian schools and used leading questions.

“He shows teachers claiming they are UNRWA teachers when in fact they are not and he plays the same tricks with students, often misrepresenting what they say in slanted translations,” argued Gunness.

“UNRWA uses the same curriculum as the PA and the Israeli Education Ministry” in the West Bank and parts of Jerusalem, he added, according to the Fox report.

Responding to the criticism by Gunness, Bedein said that he hires experts, “some with PhDs and politically unaffiliated” to carry out the research.

UNRWA school in Gaza damaged from Israeli retaliatory fire after rockets were fired at Israeli civilians. – Photo: REUTERS

In a report published by his Center this summer, it calls on a number of UNRWA reforms including advancing the resettlement of Arab refugees, canceling the new curriculum which “incorporate principles of Jihad,” and to stop paramilitary training at all UN schools.

In addition, it drew attention to the hiring of “youth ambassador” Mohammad Assaf, a Palestinian singer, who travels the world and encourages “insurrection and violence.”