The United Nations Relief & Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, an agency that’s supposed to provide health, education and social services to select populations, has been just caught — again — pushing through schools via online and study-at-home materials that Israel is basically the devil.
This is the agency President Donald Trump refused to fund.
This is the agency President Joe Biden wants to resume funding.
A report released by the Israeli non-governmental organization Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, IMPACT-se, found, as part of UNRWA’s “self-study cards” issued for grades one through nine, “a spelling exercise which teaches 9th graders to condemn Arab-Israeli peace and normalization initiatives” and that claims such peace agreements “only serve to weaken the resolve of Palestinians.”
The report also detailed how this same spelling exercise contained a passage that “extolls violent resistance” against Israel, seemingly in reference to the Abraham Accords, as well as to other peace deals between Israel and Jordan or Egypt.
“In either interpretation [of the passage],” IMPACT-se wrote, in the “Hateful Content Remains in UNRWA Self-Learning Materials” reported, covering a review period of November through January, and published just this month, “staff of a UN organization are effectively teaching lessons which contradict one of the main tenets of the UN Charter, the peaceful resolution of disputes.”
More hateful teachings?
UNRWA’s study cards include maps where Israelis erased from the region, and that reference Palestinians’ rightful ownership of the territory; lesson plans that teach “jihad is the road of glory” and that press 6th-grade girls to “make preparations for jihad” to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque.
A previous investigation by IMPACT-se that covered the periods of March through September found study cards that were similarly problematic, similarly anti-Israel. UNRWA, confronted with the inappropriate study materials, said it addressed the problem and removed “all instances of hate and incitement.”
Apparently — not.
“The teaching of Palestinian nationalism remains a central theme in the UNRWA-labeled content, in contravention of UNRWA’s principle of neutrality,” IMPACT-se wrote.