Bringing down UNRWA

A chance meeting resulted in the newly elected President quoting  the PA/UNRWA war indoctrination curriculum in his first meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel - and we reaped the fruits of decades of research.

David Bedein, | updated: 15:29

David Bedein
David Bedein
credit David Michael Cohen
Coincidence played a part in getting the truth out about UNRWA: Hard work made it available.

I happened to sit next to someone from Trump's transition team in December 2016 at a conference in Jerusalemn and had no idea who she was.. 

When I found out AFTER the event, I called the official on her DC cell phone which worked in Jerusalem and asked if she would like to see the full UNRWA curriculum and selections of 30 years of investigations of UNRWA, posted unfailingly by Arutz Sheva, carried out by my team at Israel Resource Agency..
"Of course," she said. 
That curriculum wound up in the Oval office. 
This enabled direct contact with the White House.

The background to this encounter speaks for itself

In January 2016, a senior official at the US State Department had called me a liar, to my face. He informed me that all the work that we had done on the Palestinian Authority textbooks used by UNRWA, using a professional Arabic translator, was one great fabrication,  that the US government had checked out the PA textbooks used by UNRWA, and that they met the highest standards of peace education.

Six months later, the White House issued a statement in a similar vein to a colleague in DC: While there is still work to be done, the Palestinian government has made significant progress in reducing inflammatory rhetoric and revising official textbooks. Over the past few years, the PA has helped improve the Palestinian curriculum, including textbooks that discuss human rights and the Holocaust, which has contributed to a better education for young Palestinians.”


USAID in Ramallah wrote to us, saying that the US “never examines the PA textbooks used by UNRWA”…despite the fact that the US donates $400 million each year to UNRWA – one third of the UNRWA budget.
To respond to this, I asked my staff to purchase all PA textbooks used by UNRWA and to translate all the books, so that we could hand the results to theUS Congress and to the Israeli Knesset. 

One of the ironies is that USAID in Ramallah wrote to us, saying that the US “never examines the PA textbooks used by UNRWA”…despite the fact that the US donates $400 million each year to UNRWA – one third of the UNRWA budget.

Now, the newly elected President  quoted  the  PA/UNRWA war indoctrination curriculum in his first meeting with the Prime minister of Israel and referred to it ever since as the basis of his policy of attack on UNRWA and the PA. 
In  three trips to DC  since the President came into office, we made it our business to stay in touch with the right policy people. 
Pushing the UNRWA issue made  enemies and oresented countless hurdles.
But we overcame them.
My mentor, Social Work Prof. Eliezer Jaffe z"l, encouraged me a few days before his death in May 2017, saying that the careful process we had  applied in our work would change US UNRWA policy and could even bring down UNRWA. He was correct.
Never ascribe success in Jerusalem to your own abilities. 
Believe that  the blessings of Hashem for Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael will enable your success.
Eliezer z"l stressed, however, that a problem is a problem when someone makes it into a problem. 
Unless other nations follow suit, the UNRWA curriculum motto of the "right of return by force of arms" will continue to pose a lethal threat to every Jew in Israel.

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