Is the State Dep't preventing exposure of PA UNRWA textbook content?

The Government Accountability Office study of PA textbooks may be filed as classified by the State Dep't. Why?

David Bedein, | updated: 23:43

David Bedein
David Bedein
credit David Michael Cohen
    A journalist and constituent of Sen. James Risch (R-IDAHO), recently asked the GAO (Government Accountability Office) as to the status of the GAO investigation of the Palestinian Authority school books now used by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which are rife with indoctrination to war. Senator Risch had requested this GAO study after this Idaho constituent introduced the Senator to the findings of the Center for Near East Policy Research, which purchases, translates and ev‎aluates all school books that Palestinian Arab children learn in UNRWA schools.

    Chuck Young, managing director of public affairs of the GAO provided the following answer to Dr. Harper’s request:

    “I checked with our team doing the work on Palestinian textbooks that you inquired about. The work is scheduled to be completed and go to the requester, Sen. Risch, the last week in April, though the date could always slide a bit. During the course of the work, the State Department indicated the report will need to be classified and cannot be released publicly. GAO must follow such classification decisions so we do not expect to issue a public report at this point. It would be available only to those with the necessary secret security clearance and a need to know, such as Members of Congress”

    The question remains: Will any member of the US Congress, in the Senate or the House. ask to read and publicize the findings of the GAO investigation of the PA school used in the UNRWA schools?

    After all, schoolbooks taught to half a million students of UNRWA are publicly disseminated.

    Why should the content of PA school books paid for in part by the US government not be disclosed?

    The question remains: Why does the State Department not want to disclose what half a million students study in US partially funded UNRWA schools?

    Background

    The US donates 30% of the $1.2 billion UNRWA budget. 54% of that UNRWA budget is allocated to UNRWA education.

    In September 2016, Senator James Risch, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Near Subcommittee, received studies of PA textbooks used by UNRWA conducted by The Center for Near East Policy Research, which showed that UNRWA education had regressed into total war education. Following that, Senator Risch formally asked the GAO to conduct an investigation of UNRWA education.

    In September 2017, the Center for Near East Policy Research completed a study of the 2016-2017 school books, partially financed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and published by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.

    In February 2018, the Center for Near East Policy Research completed a study of the newest PA school books provided to UNRWA, and determined that the 2018 PA schoolbooks provided for UNRWA continue to prepare a new generation for war.

    W​hat is the US State Department trying to hide? ​And why?








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