• FIREWORKS: U.N. Spokesman Denies Anti-Semitic Curriculum Being Taught In U.N. Schools

    'We have done some fact checking there'

    Despite numerous reports proving that Palestinian children attending schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) are being taught to hate and distrust Jews, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunnes says it’s all a lie.

    Gunnes says that the same curriculum that is being called “anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, is the very same curriculum that is taught by Israelis in the schools they administer.”

    That set of “facts” was quickly shot down by Fox News host Shannon Bream. “We have done some fact checking there and what we found out is that each host country puts together its own curriculum . . . So I’m pretty sure that Israel is not teaching the exact same thing that they’re teaching to Palestinian children.”

    “We have seen evidence that they are not the same thing,” Bream insisted.

    Bream was likely alluding to evidence of anti-Semitic teachings in Palestinian textbooks as highlighted in a comprehensive study on Middle Eastern textbooks. That study was authored by Arnon Groiss. Groiss has advised the U.S. State Department and testified before the U.S. Congress about the disturbing material he found in Palestinian textbooks.

    One of Groiss’ examples can be found on page 16 of the National Education textbook for Grade 2. There you can see a map is entitled “Arab and Muslim Nations,” according to CNSNews.

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    The words “Israel does not exist,” is written on the map.

    Elsewhere, for example, there are videos directed by journalist David Bedein that show Palestinian children being taught to hate Jews at UNRWA-founded camps. The camps are called “Camp Jihad,” according to The Times of Israel

    It’s worth noting that since UNRWA’s inception in 1950, the United States has provided the agency with almost $4 billion in funding and contributions, according to the Congressional Research Service’s own documents.

    Gunnes continued to act belligerent during the interview, speaking over Bream. He even ripped out his earpiece so as to not be challenge, and kept repeating talking points. “Why is it that the period which saw the largest increase of funding, was the Bush administration?” he asked arrogantly. 

    If Gunnes’ behavior in this interview is any indication of the attitudes held by people working at the United Nations, then it’s just one more reason why American tax dollars shouldn’t be used to fund that organization.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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