Posted by David Bedein on May 29, 2016
The Center for Near East Policy Research engaged a team of senior journalists who produced this short film on the incitement taking place in UNRWA facilities in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
We flew over a top U.S. film director to direct the film. We engaged a team of experts to translate new PA school books used in the UNRWA schools after the U.S. issued yet another falsified report that the PA school system had been reformed.
Background: UNRWA began operations on 1 May 1950.
In 2002, at the request of the United States Congress, the NGO Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) reviewed the Palestinian Authority’s textbooks. Its report was completed in March 2003. Its executive summary states: “The overall orientation of the curriculum is peaceful despite the harsh and violent realities on the ground. It does not openly incite against Israel and the Jews. It does not openly incite hatred and violence. Religious and political tolerance is emphasized in a good number of textbooks and in multiple contexts.” All in all, there seems to be broad agreement that there is continual improvement in the textbooks used by UNRWA – but very strong disagreement about whether the improvement is sufficient.
James G. Lindsay, a former UNRWA general-counsel and researcher for Washington Institute for Near East Policy, reported to WINEP in 2009 that UNRWA is not ousting terrorists from its ranks or monitoring staff’s off-time behavior to ensure compliance with the organization’s anti-terror rules.
In 2011, the United States contributed over $239 million; the European Union gave $175 million.
In 2013, the U.S. contributed $294 million of the total $1.1 billion the UNRWA received.
In 2015, the U.S. again led the nations, giving $380.5 million, followed by the EU with $136.7 million, and the UK with $99.6 million.