David Bedein – Why Does the US Continue to Fund UNRWA?

Students in a school in Gaza of the UNRWA at the beginning of the new academic year.

David Bedein – Why Does the US Continue to Fund UNRWA?

As I recently outlined in The Algemeiner, the UN’s Palestinian relief agency — UNRWA — continues to promote hatred, antisemitism and jihad in its education materials.

The Palestinians — with the help of UNRWA — are teaching their children to hate, and are thus making any future peace deals with Israel impossible.

On  January 1, 2018, UNRWA incorporated another new set of school books — which it obtained from the Palestinian Authority — to educate a new generation of 500,000 children, who live in UNRWA refugee camps.

But as my post in The Algemeiner detailed, these new books are no different from the old ones.

When I questioned the US Embassy in Israel as to why the US continues to fund UNRWA schools that use such a war curriculum, I received no response.

When asked the same question, a State Department spokesperson responded by saying: “[We take] such reports seriously. We are in regular contact with UNRWA to ensure any allegation of inflammatory, biased, or inciteful content in education materials is thoroughly investigated and addressed.”

However, when asked if the Americans were monitoring textbook content, the spokesperson would only say: “The US government has supported UNRWA in the development and integration of educational materials that promote human rights, conflict resolution, and tolerance.”

But the UNRWA school books do not reflect that State Department reassurance.

This is an American issue — because the US remains the most important funder of UNRWA, to the tune of $360 million a year — out of a total $1.2 billion UNRWA budget. And UNRWA reports that 54% of the UNRWA budget goes to education.

So why does the US continue to fund such a curriculum?

Someone should ask the US Congress and Mike Pompeo — should he become the new secretary of state.

avatar David Bedein

David Bedein, is a community organizer and journalist who runs the Israel Resource News Agency, the Center for Near East Policy Research in Israel. David is the author of “WHERE HAS ALL THE FLOUR GONE: THE WHIMS AND WASTE OF UNRWA ARAB REFUGEE POLICY,” and producer of the movie, “Palestinian Refugee Policy: From Despair to Hope.” David holds an MSW in community organization social work from YU, and moved to Israel from Philadelphia in 1970 at the age of 20. David pioneered the Israel Resource News Agency in 1987. Its purpose is to augment foreign press coverage of Israel. David became the head of the Center for Near East Rolicy Reseach in 2005. David made his home in Efrat in 1985, where he is married to Sara. They have six children. Their oldest son, Noam, 30, runs the Sderot Media Center for the Western Negev,
To Top