David Bedein

Israel Policy Letter to US House Foreign Affairs Committee & its Middle East Subcommittee

At the dawn of a new session at the US Congress, writing this policy letter as a journalist who has covered US Israel relations from a perch in the press center of Jerusalem, running a news & research agency since 1987.

Well aware of the fiduciary authority that the US House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Middle East Subcommittee have over US Middle East policy.

Starting this memo on a positive note.

We learn from journalists in Ramallah, that the US has held back funds allocated to UNRWA over the past two years, because of the UNRWA refusal to abide by the US – UNRWA memo of understanding that would require UNRWA to revamp the current UNRWA curriculum, which is based on indoctrination of the next generation to engage in a war to obliterate the Jewish state-a stance which would stymie any two state solution..

UNRWA spokespeople, with whom we maintain direct contact, make it clear that UNRWA will not change its curriculum in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and Gaza, which emanates from the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

The reason US holds back the funds is that UNRWA will not fulfill its side of the US-UNRWA memo of understanding from July 14, 2021, a written accord which requires UNRWA to excise the incitement from its school system as a condition to received renewed US funds, which were stopped on August 31, 2018.

This is the US-UNRWA accord.

These are excerpts from the PA curriculum now used in UNRWA Schools:

Revealing Maps: The Palestinian Vision as Taught in UNRWA Schools'

Our agency has asked the US State Department if it would demand a change in the PA curriculum, to advocate a two state solution, to which we get no response whatsoever

UNRWA schools in Jenin and in Gaza have allegedly become virtual arsenals, which has led us to ask the US State Department as to whether the US will ask for weapons and ammunition inspection of UNRWA facilities, to which we have received no response.

In terms of its continued advocacy of violence, the PA has enacted an unprecedented law which mandates that anyone who murders a Jew shall receive a salary for life, and if the killer dies during an act of murder, then the family will receive a salary for life.

Asked the US State Department if the US would ask the PA to repeal its pay for slay statute. No response.

Perhaps the unkindest cut of all is the US initiative to impose a consulate for PA affairs on Agron street, in the heart of Jerusalem, not even in East Jerusalem.

Does that not represent a threat to the sovereignty of Israel over Jerusalem?

About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at: