Research into the educational materials used by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has discovered that the content contains antisemitic prejudice and the glorification of terrorism. The recent study was conducted by the research body IMPACT-se, which monitors school curricula on a global scale.
The report claims that the materials violate the United Nations’ requirements, outlined by the cultural organisation UNESCO, to remain neutral, respect “the other” and pursue peace, in order to refute incitement and potential bias.
It stated further that UNRWA resources actively encourage martyrdom and terrorism, and fail to condemn the use of violence. The idea of a Jewish state is described as “the Enemy” and multiple conspiracy theories and false claims are mentioned to justify violence. The materials, also included in unrelated subjects such as mathematics, reportedly seek to demonise the Jewish community and undermine Jewish history and culture.
Some of the resources have allegedly been copied from Palestinian Authority textbooks that have received significant criticism for their overtly antisemitic views.
UNRWA educational materials are used to teach over 500,000 children.
IMPACT-se concluded that the content of UNRWA educational materials undermines “any facade of UN-mandated neutrality”.