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UNRWA-Part of the Problem or the Solution? with David Bedein

May 21, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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The United nations Relief and works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), created nearly 65 years ago, is one of the largest programs of the United Nations. Unfortunately, it appears that the work of UNRWA has become highly politicized during the past few decades; UNRWA contributes to the spread of anti-Israel propaganda and hate among Palestinians. There are UNRWA-controlled schools and summer camps where Palestinian children receive military training, are taught to praise suicide bombers, and learn the value of “jihad.” UNRWA camps in countries including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the West Bank and Gaza have served as recruitment ground for new terrorists as well. Yet the Agency has taken very few steps, if any at all, to end the spread of hate and even prevent members of terrorist organizations from joining its staff. EMET is proud to bring David Bedein, Bureau of Chief of the Israel Resource News Agency, to shed light on this very important issue, and expose what really goes on in UNRWA facilities. David Bedein, who grew up on Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an experienced 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 “Where Has ALl The Flour Gone: The Whims And Waste Of UNRWA Arab Refugee Policy,” and the director and producer of the movie, “Palestinian Refugee Policy: From Despair to Hope.”

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May 21, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



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