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A newly released report is to shed light on anti-Israel materials in the US-funded textbooks used by the United Nations Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in Palestinian schools-while faulting the State Department for the omission of material information in the updates to the Congress.
The report on the textbook content of UNRWA schools was completed in April last year, it was classified but”. Republican lawmakers are calling for their declassification is always there, and last week managed to push.
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The report found that some textbooks do not mention in UNRWA schools, Israel and Judaism, and including regional maps, with the exception of Israel, while Israeli cities as Palestinian. They contain mathematical problems that you will be challenged to identify pupils, the number of Palestinian victims in the First and Second Intifadas. The report will fuel long-standing concerns of conservatives, that the United States is the financing of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli feelings about the funding for the UNRWA, which was interrupted, in the past year.
Between 2015 and 2017, the U.S. $243 million in educational assistance for the West Bank and the Gaza strip, the State Department and USAID. But the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a report, not identified books that Congress was in a position to properly assess the material in the teaching, because the State Department is misleading updates to the body in three annual reports during this time frame.
“Although the state submitted the required reports to Congress over time, in a state contained inaccurate information in the 2017 report, and omitted potentially useful in all three reports,” the GAO report says.
Two of which were published, the annual reports, while the Obama administration, while the last appeared in the first months of the Trump administration. Since the trump is then the administration has taken a much tougher attitude towards UNRWA, and last year they cut all funding to the body as well as to the Palestinian authority. It is part of a broader push by the administration against alleged anti-Israel bias at the U. N.
In particular, the GAO error condition for reporting, the UNRWA, had completed the training of teachers and distributed the “supplementary instructional materials” to the problematic content, which had been identified had in it. The Department also omitted the information, whether the UNRWA found that all the materials contain content that would be classified as “baiting” or not, the promotion of the human.
“Our analysis also showed that the state the required reports have not included some information, which could oversight be useful for congressional, whether UNRWA has taken steps to ensure that all the contents of all the trainings, says the materials currently taught in UNRWA schools and summer camps is in accordance with the values of human rights, dignity and tolerance, and not incitement,” the report said.
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Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Lee Zeldin, R-NY, urged to be released the report, said that the American taxpayers had unwittingly funded a “systematic hatred.”
“The error of the State Department and the UNRWA allows the systematic anti-Semitic and anti-Israel ideas thrive in UNRWA schools in the West Bank and Gaza,” said Perry in a statement. “The harsh reality is that the American taxpayers have been unknowingly funding this systematic hatred, as important information the American public – including my constituents deprived of.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in a statement to Fox News, described the report’s conclusions as “completely unacceptable.”
“UNRWA promotes anti-Semitic propaganda and institutionally, they have often struck against the United States, despite funding by the U.S. government,” he said. “This report troublingly suggests that the Congress may not be getting the information it needs to exercise proper oversight, including parts of the U.S. government. If that turns out to be true, is completely unacceptable.”
In a statement to Fox News, the State Department noted that the GAO report comes to the conclusion that the state took steps to problematic content. He said it is agreed with the GAO recommendations and has taken the steps to implement them immediately.
It is also disputed the claim that you say misled Congress, that you in 2017, the report, which claims that UNRWA distributes supplementary teaching materials — in fact, exactly on the basis of the information the Department had at the time.
A State Department spokesman said that the Department is “committed to the monitoring and combating of incitement to violence in Palestinian school books” and it has to be content with the Palestinian authority directly to the flag “problematic.”
David Bedein, Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research has studied the UNRWA curriculum for years, told Fox News that “the state [false reports] to Congress that it had developed alternative materials to the anti-Semitic and pro – incitement of the PA school curriculum.”
“In the GAO report, the state can’t explain why, that such alternative materials were never implemented, and never before in the UNRWA classroom,” he said.
Bedein praised the work of the sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, the new Chairman of the foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate, see also the report urged the release: “thanks to the integrity of Senator James Risch, the Problem of UNRWA ‘education’ now the light of day. He stood to his principles, because questions of integrity. “
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In its response to the report of the UNRWA, the GAO said that the program strives “for the realization of the potential of Palestinian students, to help them develop into self-confident, innovative, questioning, thoughtful, tolerant and open-minded, critical thinkers, and true human values and tolerances, and make a positive contribution to the development of their society and the global community.”
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In a statement to Fox News, the State Department pointed out, to cut the a decision on funding for the UNRWA, and described the refugees as operating in “permanent crisis mode”.
“UNRWA-a business model that is bound to an infinitely and exponentially growing community of beneficiaries, is not sustainable, and it operates in permanent crisis mode,” said the spokesman. “As we, the financing of the UNRWA, announced in August 2018, will not be commit to the United States.”