It’s bad enough that Americans provide nearly $400 million annually to a United Nations agency that distributes anti-Israel textbooks to 700 schools in the Palestinian territories. It’s reprehensible that the Obama administration would defend this hate-mongering.

A State Department flack tells The Daily Signal that the textbooks are part of “an education that instills respect for and appreciation of universal human rights and dignity of all persons.” Really?

The Center for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel research organization, says the textbooks called Israel’s 1948 founding a “disaster” and advocate the “End of Days” when “Muslims fight the Jews.” They’re distributed by the jaded U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

The administration insists that fewer violent references are turning up in the textbooks. But some members of Congress aren’t convinced and want an closer look by the Government Accountability Office.

In its own study of 240 new textbooks, the Center for Near East Policy found incitements to war have grown worse, including a call for the “delegitimization of both Israel and the Jews’ very presence in the country.”

The UNRWA, incidentally, is the same U.N. agency accused of storing Hamas rockets in its schools.

It doesn’t require a GAO study to confirm what’s obvious about this U.N. agency — and to cut off its U.S. funding.


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