Hamas and UNRWA Continue Their Dancing for the Media
How does an international agency under the auspices of the United Nations continue to appear to meet the requirements of universal acceptance and avoiding giving support to terrorism as well as avoiding support of racial and religious hatred and still serve and be deemed acceptable in Hamas ruled Gaza. This question becomes even more critical when the services involved have to do with the education of the youth in United Nations funded and run schools and supplying the textbooks for that very same school system. This has been the dilemma which the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has faced ever since their Gaza run schools fell under the supervision of Hamas governance which demanded that the schools follow a curriculum approved by the terror group demanding that the UNRWA schools meet their standards. This should have created a crisis for UNRWA as they were now being forced to meet two contradictory dictates, one from the Hamas rulers in Gaza and the other from the United Nations and their primary financial backers of governments in Europe and the United States. What is an upright United Nations agency to do as if they no longer were permitted to provide schools educating the children of Gaza, a large portion of their overly generous budget would instantly dry up; but if they bowed before the demands placed on them by the United Nations, the United States and the Europeans as Hamas enforcers would drive them from Gaza or possibly murder them depending on the orientation of the stars and their mood that day.
Fortunately, Hamas, if nothing else, was willing to be accommodating and an arrangement was hammered out between UNRWA and the Hamas ruling body. The UNRWA schools would teach a Hamas approved agenda and only use textbooks approved by Hamas while Hamas would react with great noise and fury denouncing those very same textbooks as being too liberal and teaching dangerous thoughts including lessons about the Holocaust and other items which were not sufficiently critical of the Jews and the Israelis. This song and dance was perpetrated before the media, and the minders Hamas provides those press agents reporting from Gaza made sure that the correct story line denouncing the UNRWA textbooks and lesson plans was reported far and wide in every conceivable news publication and newspaper in the West. This was the course once again these past few weeks as Hamas spokespersons and UNRWA representatives once again spoke to the press repeating their annual repertoire replete with intricate dance steps mutually expressing indignation spouting denouncements and taking equal offense of one for the other and back again and the press has dutifully reported the entire production nearly verbatim. Hamas has denounced the textbooks as being too liberal and progressive and UNRWA has denounced any pressures refusing to adjust their school plans to suit their critics from Hamas. With their parts played once more to near perfection with the normal close participation as per usual from the press the UNRWA schools will continue to teach their Hamas approved lessons instilling the Hamas approved curriculum to their impressionable charges producing the next generation to feed the Hamas ranks with properly oriented little haters ready to continue the struggle against the Zionist entity. And with the press reports in hand the Europeans and United States governments can continue to finance the UNRWA schools and provide the funds to print the textbooks and everything can continue business as usual.
Examples of this year’s repertoire include, “We denounce the publication and distribution of syllabus in UNRWA-run schools without the approval of the ministry of education and higher education,” the Hamas ministry said in a released statement. The statement added that such curricula “do not fit the culture of our Palestinian society, and its meant to brainwash Palestinian students and convince them to accept the Zionist enemies while they continue to kill our people, carry out more oppressive procedures, Judaize the holy city (Jerusalem) and build the apartheid wall.” Meanwhile, UNRWA spokesman denied the accusations and told Ma’an that the agency “would never adopt curricula that violate customs and traditions of the Palestinian people.” They were also quoted claiming, “There is nothing in the curricula that violates the Palestinian people’s traditions and customs.”
On another front, UNRWA had not shared these texts with the United States, Norwegian, Canadian and Israeli governments. Please also read this report titled, DAGEN Newspaper in Norway Has Commissioned an Evaluation of New “Human Rights Curriculum” Published by UNRWA. This relatively short but information intense article chronicles the findings of an investigation into UNRWA Gaza schools which was commissioned by DAGAN Norwegian news agency.