UNRWA’s text­books

The Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES -

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.

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