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David Bedein: UNRWA’s Dark Reality: Disturbing Footage Unveils Shocking Summer Camp Simulations

by David Bedein, Feb 1, 2024

For the past 15 years, I’ve held the unique position of running the sole agency documenting UNRWA summer camps. Assisted by three Arab journalists and three Jewish journalists with a deep understanding of Arab culture, my mission has been to share the unsettling realities witnessed since I first covered UNRWA in 1987.

Each summer, the UNRWA camps engage in simulations depicting the violence they believe is necessary for reclaiming and returning to Palestine. The so-called “fun games” revolve around preparing for the perceived war to liberate Palestine. Shockingly, children at UNRWA summer camps practice activities such as kidnapping soldiers, burning IDF vehicles, and handling short-lived weapons.

Recently, I presented the compiled footage of UNRWA summer camps at the Knesset. Members were visibly disturbed to witness that the simulation games the children learned at these camps seemed all too real, especially given the events of October 7, when thousands of Arab youngsters suddenly entered the Negev.

While most journalists find joy in their achievements, my scoop of the century brings me no pleasure. The evidence points to UNRWA directing the war, with Hamas acting as the agent. The films and footage captured at UNRWA summer camps will serve as a valuable resource for generations of investigators examining the events of October 7 that caught the world by surprise.

The perplexing question arises: How is it possible that no one seemed to know that UNRWA used its summer camps to train an army of young people for guerrilla warfare aimed at undermining Jews? This conflict between UNRWA and the Jews traces back to the very genesis of the Jewish State.


Launched in 1948, UNRWA operated on a war-like footing, grounded in the principle of the precise right of return, as articulated by Count Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish diplomat and UN mediator during the first truce of the 1948 war. Resenting Israel’s Law of Return, Bernadotte conceptualized the RIGHT OF RETURN, implying that Jews should hand back the Negev and the Galilee, territories acquired in the 1948 war but not included in the November 29, 1948 partition resolution.

The assassination of Bernadotte on September 17, 1948, did not extinguish his vision of the right of return. His death created a legacy leading to the formation of 59 Arab refugee camps with a school system dedicated to preserving the idea of the right of return by force of arms.

On August 1, 2000, UNRWA formally adopted the “right of return” curriculum of the Palestinian Authority. Now, it has transformed into the “right of return” by force of arms, as witnessed on October 7, 2023. Astonishingly, not a single nation calls for the removal of such a lethal curriculum.

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