Report reveals UNRWA continues antisemitic hate, incitement in schools

February 19, 2021 by JNS
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School material distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) continues to glorify Islamic jihad and incite violence in 2021 despite promises by UNRWA that the hateful content would be removed by last November, revealed a report published on Wednesday.

View of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 26, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

The report was released by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), an Israeli non-governmental organization, and highlighted UNRWA-distributed material dated from November 2020 to January 2021.

It found that “a spelling exercise created by UNRWA condemns peace and normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states”; “another exercise describes ‘pieces of corpses’ being dispersed throughout city streets to teach grade-nine spelling”; and Israel, a U.N. member state, “is solely referred to as ‘the Enemy’ or ‘the Occupation’ and is erased from maps of the region.”

IMPACT-se first published a report in January about the existence of this material, which “egregiously violated U.N. values, UNESCO standards, and UNRWA’s stated principles,” stated the organization. The material covered by the original report was distributed from March 2020 to September 2020.

UNRWA confirmed the existence of “inappropriate” material distributed to Palestinian students, though claimed that all instances of hate and incitement have been removed by November 2020, a period of eight months during which the material was taught.

UNRWA’s assertion about the removal of hateful content was echoed by government figures from countries donating to UNRWA. However, IMPACT-se’s new report proves UNRWA’s claim to be false.

“UNRWA promised that it had removed all the hateful content that its teachers had written. Sadly, as this research shows, this is simply not the case,” said IMPACT-se CEO Marcus Sheff. “It does not appear that the organization is institutionally capable of fulfilling its basic duty of care to the children in its schools. Donor countries need to start asking much more pointed questions of UNRWA if they want to stop financing this ongoing hate-teaching.”



One Response to “Report reveals UNRWA continues antisemitic hate, incitement in schools”
  1. Liat Kirby says:

    This just goes on and on. Empty words and no action. Continued support for UNRWA by donor countries despite their very real knowledge of the realities of Palestinian education and its antisemitic motivation. Even after publicly declaring concern for the situation (as has occurred in the UK and Sweden), no withdrawal of financial support for this obviously highly political organisation.

    Scratch beneath the surface and we shall find the deeply rooted antisemitism that has existed on the European continent for hundreds of years and still exists. You’d think the terrible history exposed of Europe and its Jews would be enough to caution their attitudes and actions. If not that, then what? The answer, it would appear, is ‘nothing’.

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