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VP Biden Misrepresented PA/UNRWA education to AIPAC

In March 2016, a member of the White House Press Pool, covering the annual AIPAC conference in DC, asked a question of  Vice President Biden, who had just returned from a middle east tour.

The question was straightforward, asking for comment on the state of the Palestinian Authority school system, whose curriculum is used for half a million students in the education institutions of UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency. This is the answer that the correspondent received from Biden’s spokeswoman, Dew  Tiantawach,

 “While there is still work to be done, the Palestinian government has made significant progress in reducing inflammatory rhetoric and revising official textbooks. Over the past few years, the PA has helped improve the Palestinian curriculum, including textbooks that discuss human rights and the Holocaust, which has contributed to a better education for young Palestinians. The Palestinian curriculum is transparent, and all textbooks are available for review in Arabic on the website of the official Palestinian Curriculum Development Center. The Government of Israel even approves of and utilizes the Palestinian texts for schools in East Jerusalem.“

Biden’s answer had no basis in reality:

  1. There had been no revision of PA or UNRWA school books
  2. There  had been no improvement of the school books
  3. PA texts discuss human rights without human rights for Jews
  4. Holocaust education  was exposed as non existant, 
  5. The Israeli government never approved of PA texts for East Jerusalem.

This answer from VP Biden’s spokeswoman helped prompt  US Sentaor James Risch, chairman of the US Senate Near East Subcommittee to commission the  GAO, the prestigious Government Accounting Office, to conduct an investigation of the UNRWA education system, which concluded that there had never been any peace education or reform in UNRWA.

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