Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Fwd: UNRWA Spreads the Word that UNRWA will Introduce New Curriculum of Peace But is it all Talk and No Substance? From David Bedein Near East Policy Research. Sounds like happenings in PSFC...


In a similar vein..

We applaud Governor Cuomo for his Executive order to reject BDS from New York State.  

We applaud the City Council for passing a resolution (law 1058-A) condemning BDS in New York City.

However, such condemnations have toothless and of no real substance. Otherwise we, the Committee to abolish BDS from the Park Slope Food Coop, would have an address in Albany or in the City Council to report the Park Slope Food Coop. The PSFC have shamelessly allowed BDS to occupy their office space and use PSFC name and resources to promote BDS bias in their bi monthly newspaper and reading groups and General meetings while at the same time have been quite successful to silence those who have tried to challenge their false and deceitful narrative. They have gone so far as having a BDS website and have even prosecuted members of the PSFC who have tried to stop them and suspended them from the Coop!  This one sided pro BDS bias has been going on for 8 years in spite of the membership voting against BDS! Yet the Executive Order and the City Council resolution doesn't help us as nobody has returned our calls or responded to our letters....

From: Center For Near East Policy Research Lt <ctrforneareastpolicyresearch@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 12:19 AM
Subject: UNRWA spreads the word that UNRWA will introduce
​a ​
new curriculum of peace
To: SehgalM@gao.gov

April 5, 2017



Ms. Mona Sehgal


Assistant Director,

International Affairs and Trade

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

441 G St, NW, Washington, DC 20548



​​Dear Mona,


Wishing you success in the progress of your current GAO investigation of UNRWA.


Over the past week, UNRWA  spread the word that UNRWA intends to introduce a new curriculum for peace and tolerance in the UNRWA school system. 

However, UNRWA reports widespread popular opposition to such an initiative. (1)


The fact that UNRWA admits that there is a problem in their schools represents a newsworthy development in itself.


However, the Center for Near East Policy Research checked all public and private sources in UNRWA. No intention, initiative or program exists in the UNRWA Department of Education for any change in the UNRWA curriculum.


UNRWA curricula in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and Gaza remain under the supervision of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education, which makes it clear that no plans are afoot for any change in the Palestinian Authority Education System.


Successive PA Ministers of Education have made it clear that the PA Ministry of Education runs schools with a unified curriculum for UNRWA, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. The current war curriculum of the Palestinian Authority used by UNRWA speaks for itself. (2)


The presence of Hamas in UNRWA schools speaks for itself. (3)


Why, then, does UNRWA spread the word they intend to introduce a new curriculum?


This serves UNRWA image with a new US administration at the helm. The US, indeed, pays for 33% of the UNRWA budget, which has reached $1.2 billion. (4)


UNRWA presents the US government with good intentions of UNRWA, blaming popular opinion, which would not allow UNRWA to act in a noble fashion.


UNRWA has used this PR approach in the past.


Between 2008 and 2010, UNRWA spread the news that it was going to introduce holocaust education. UNRWA dispatched professional fundraisers to raise the finance needed to teach the holocaust to the next generation of Palestinian school children.


Yet UNRWA expressed regret in 2011 that it could not implement the holocaust education program because of "popular opinion".


However, The Center for Near East Policy Research checked out this development with Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, then the director of the executive office of UNRWA in New York, who replied to our query: "I am writing to clarify that there is no 'Holocaust curriculum' as such in UNRWA schools and there are no plans to introduce one."(5)


However, UNRWA earned praise in the Jewish community because of their "intention" to introduce holocaust curriculum for the next generation of Palestinian Arab children, although such a curriculum was never planned in the first place.




(2) http://israelbehindthenews.com/jews-jewish-state-schoolbooks-used-unrwa-de-legitimization-demonization-indoctrination-war-2/15319/


(3) http://israelbehindthenews.com/unrwa-supply-line-hamas-next-round-fighting/15754/




(5) http://israelbehindthenews.com/there-is-not-and-has-never-been-a-plan-for-a-holocaust-curriculum-in-any-unrwa-school/7025/  

With warmest regards,


David Bedein


Israel Resource News Agency

Center for Near East Policy Research




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