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Is there evidence that UNRWA actually reviews texts taught to their students?” (Photo: Behind the scene with David Bedein Jan 29 2023 – Screengrab)

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As the head of the Nahum Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research, I have covered the Palestinian Authority school system since the very first day that the PA began to issue its own textbooks on August 1, 2000.

Having met with and received personal authorization from Yasser Arafat to receive and review all textbooks issued by the Palestinian Authority and used by UNRWA schools in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza, the center engaged Dr. Arnon Groiss to review more than 1,000 school books issued by the PA.

Dr. Groiss, fluent in Arabic, holds a Phd in Islamic Studies from Princeton University, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration at Harvard, and served as the deputy director of Arab language services at the Israel Broadcasting Authority. In that context, asked the EU spokesman if the EU would take proactive steps to remove incitement from PA and UNRWA schools.

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This is the EU response:

“The 2022 assistance package in support of Palestine was adopted on 16 December 2022. Education was not included in the incentive‐based tranche of the PEGASE mechanism. The EU remains firmly committed to promoting inclusive and quality education for the Palestinian people, including to ensuring full adherence with the United Nations values and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) standards and norms in the field of education and in all education material. The Palestinian Authority must ensure the highest standards in fostering a culture of peace and coexistence paving the way for a future where the conflict can be solved through negotiations leading to a two-state solution.”

It continued,

“The EU has no tolerance for incitement to hatred and violence, as means to *achieve political goals *, the glorification of ‘armed resistance’ and antisemitism in all its forms. Any material that goes against these principles risks undermining peace and coexistence and has no place in textbooks or classrooms.” 

The paragraph in the EU letter saying: “The EU has no tolerance for incitement to hatred and violence as means to achieve political goals, the glorification of ‘armed resistance’ and antisemitism in all its forms” was really encouraging.

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Response of  ​​the EU Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Security Affairs

“Regarding your questions, the EU is firmly committed to promote inclusive and quality education for the Palestinian people, including to ensure full adherence with the United Nations values and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) standards and norms in the field of education and in all education material. Since 2021, the EU has stepped up its engagement with the Palestinian Authority in this regard. The Palestinian Authority must ensure the highest standards in fostering a culture of peace and coexistence paving the way for a future where the conflict can be solved through negotiations leading to a two-state solution.

“The EU has no tolerance for incitement to hatred and violence, as means to achieve political goals, the glorification of ‘armed resistance’ and antisemitism in all its forms. Any material that goes against these principles risks undermining peace and coexistence and has no place in textbooks or classrooms. This position was reiterated recently in the statements published following the latest events in Jenin and Jerusalem.

The EU and other European donors collectively support the Palestinian education sector and the provision of quality services in a wide range of ways. The EU does not fund any textbooks. There are no UNRWA textbooks.

UNRWA always uses the textbooks of the host in question. It regularly reviews the textbooks and learning materials used in UNRWA schools under its Curriculum Framework, which aims to ensure that the curriculum is in line with UN values…. 

My response to the EU Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Security Affairs

Concerning the claim that UNRWA “aims to ensure that the curriculum is in line with UN values”:

  • Is the presentation of a woman who murdered more than 30 people as a role model in a PA/UNRWA text book in line with UN values?
  • Is the eradication of every Jewish community on both sides of the 1949 UN armistice lines in line with UN values?
  • Is there evidence that UNRWA actually reviews texts taught to their students?:

No EU answer to my response.

Is there evidence that UNRWA actually reviews texts taught to their students?” (Photo: File)

David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist. In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post. Bedein’s work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site, unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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