David BedeinThe writer is director of Israel Resource News Agency and heads the Center for Near East Policy Research, author of Genesis of the Palestinian Authority and Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered.
To grasp the complexities of the Israel- Gaza war, you must take into account that UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, is responsible for 75% of the Gaza population who dwell in "temporary" UNRWA refugee camps since 1949 - with the expectation that they will eventually be allowed to return to their villages that existed before 1948 from which they fled with the promise of return after the Arab naitons succeed in wiping out Israel.
Our news coverage of UNRWA can be perused by clicking here. Arutz Sheva consistently reported our findings, despite protests from UNRWA, which on its own website went so far as to claim falsely that Arutz Sheva had retracted its reports.
At the invitation of legislative staff of the Israeli Knesset, US Congress, the Canadian Parliament, the British Parliament and the European parliament, our office has screened the films we shot on location in UNRWA facilities, providing findings of our studies of UNRWA with donor countries that provide $1.2 billion each year fir this UN agency
Our agency has also shared documented reports which show that Hamas has embedded itself into the administration of UNRWA.
In that context, our agency has also documented that the new curriculum used by UNRWA prepares the organization's half a million students to engage in attempts to "return" - by force of arms - to Arab villages that they have never seen and that existed before 1948, some of which have been replaced by Israeli cities such as BeerSheva, Askhelon and Ashdod - all of which are now pummeled by aerial attacks launched from Gaza, fired under the slogan of the "right of return" by means of "the armed struggle"