Marcus Sheff’s “Time for UNRWA to face the truth about its textbooks” (Comment & Features, February 18) is correct in its findings that UNRWA books, supplied by the Palestinian Authority, indoctrinate the next generation for total war.
Our agency attests to the veracity of this conclusion since we bought and translated all school books used by the PA and UNRWA. These books are now available for review at the Center for Near East Policy Research.
Responsibility for the lack of supervision of UNRWA education lies with two factors:
1. The 68 UNRWA donor nations, any of which could condition funds on the removal of incendiary textbooks and the firing of UNRWA teachers who are members of a terrorist organization
2. The Civil Administration, which has been mandated by the Defense Ministry since 1967 to check every school book in use in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Neither the Civil Administration nor the ministry will answer the question as to why the Israeli establishment will not vet the war-indoctrination curriculum of the PA and UNRWA.
The slogan of the UN is that “peace starts here.” Why do the UNRWA donor nations and the Civil Administration allow UNRWA to act as if it’s war that starts with UNRWA?
DAVID BEDEIN Jerusalem The writer is director of the Israel Resource News Agency and Center for Near East Policy Research.