United Arab Emirates cannot have it both ways; Reconcile with the Jews yet fund incitement against the Jews.

The United Arab Emirates’ revolutionary recognition of  Israel is now a fact of life.

At the same time, UAE pours  $51 million per year, with no strings attached, into the UNRWA budget.

This makes the UAE the fifth-largest contributor to UNRWA in the world, and the largest donor to UNRWA among the Arab nations.

The UAE is fully aware that  UNRWA uses 54% of its allocations to finance a new school system which invokes “the right of return by force of arms.”*

For UNRWA, the call to violence has been ongoing for many years.

Ever since 1999, when Hamas terror groups were elected to run the UNRWA workers’ union and the UNRWA teachers’ association in Gaza, Hamas terror groups  have tightened their grip on UNRWA, using their schools as bases for attacks throughout Israel.

The past two weeks were no exception.

On August 8, 2020, the new school year began for the 288 UNRWA schools in Gaza. That was the day that Gazans resumed their campaign of launchingfirebombs over southern Israel, using UNRWA schools as their collective protective shields.

Indeed, on August 8th, we dispatched a Palestinian TV crew to film the opening day of the school year at UNRWA’s schools in Jabalya in northern Gaza.

UNRWA Terror Balloons-subtitles in English, Hebrew and German

The sight was endearing: immaculate, well-scrubbed schools with slogans that adorned  the classrooms with calls for respect, freedom and equality.

Yet the first lesson,  which the teacher chose to inaugurate the school year, open, was a poem and song entitled ‘The Land of the Nobles’. The teacher wrote the words on the blackboard, so that no UNRWA student would miss a syllable. It went as follows:

“I will plunder my blood to kill the land of the nobles and remove the robber from my land. And I will destroy the defeated remnants of the strangers … and exterminate  the foreigners’ scattered remnants”(‘Our Beautiful Language’, 3rd grade, p. 64).

As part of the classroom introductory activity, the teacher asked each student where he or she was from, and the name of his or her “original” village.

The children quickly chimed in that they were from villages from 1948 which were conquered by the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Our crew stepped outside the classroom to hear what the students thought of peace, the firebomb balloon attacks, and the ‘right of return’.

The children answered in robotic manner, one after another:

” Fire balloons are great  for us and cause lots of  damage to the Jews.”

“Fire balloons are good for us and we know that the conquerer’s economy is hurting.”

“I dream of returning to my land and subduing the conquest and defeating the Jews.”

“We will fight against the invaders who stole our land.”

The UNRWA children did not look angry, frustrated, sad or hateful. Rather, they appeared determined to fight. These UNRWA elementary school students seem to have been reciting slogans by heart for a long time. Their response was prompt, without any hesitation.

Over the next month, leading to the Jewish New Year on Rosh HaShanah, the terms of the new UAE Middle East Peace Treaty will be hammered out.

During this month of reflection, “peace education” could become a vital clause in the new pact with the UAE.

While press attention focuses on the dangers of F-135 stealth bombers, the UAE delivery of “lethal weapons of mass instruction” could fan the flames of war for generations to come.

*For 20 years, the Center for Near East Policy Research has examined all UNRWA texts, which speak for themselves:

Examining Text Books Handed to UNRWA by the Palestine liberation Organization

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: http://tinyurl.com/lxc6xvs
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