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State Department Accused of Misleading Congress Regarding UNRWA Textbooks

2017 State Department memo on UNRWA

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report, blaming the U.S. State Department for misleading Congress regarding steps the Palestinian Authority had supposedly taken to reduce incitement in PA-sanctioned children’s schoolbooks. The report, sent to Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism was declassified, thanks to a push led by House Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)/

The State Department released this memo in 2017:

“23 of the books reviewed in the report are being used in our schools and we have reviewed them rigorously under our curriculum framework, which aims to ensure that our curriculum is in line with UN values. In the small number of instances where issues of concern were found, we have created enriched complementary materials for use in our classrooms and we will be rolling out training on this to our teachers in the coming months. UNRWA’s condemnation of all forms of racism is a matter of public record.”

But as it turns out, these complementary materials were never distributed to teachers.

The State Department has admitted to including inaccurate anecdotal information from UNRWA in their report. State believed the oral reports from UNRWA and included the information without verifying it.  And of course, as it turns out, it wasn’t true. UNRWA is still indoctrinating small children to hate Jews, to think of them as people who still their land, and to grow up to kill as many of them as possible.

A Congressional staffer who saw the report told Jewish Insider that “oversight committees are going to be looking for the specific people who have been lying to our bosses on behalf of anti-Israel activists at UNRWA.”