5 October 2011
Sir, Your piece by David Bedein (“UNRWA is an impediment to peace,” Comment & Features, October 3) makes unsubstantiated assertions about alleged political activities in UNRWA facilities.
UNRWA’s neutrality team has examined Bedein’s “evidence,” and none of the activities he ascribes to us took place in our installations or have any association with the Agency. They took place in non-UNRWA facilities for which we are not responsible.
Bedein’s organisation was recently exposed by the much-respected academic at McGill University in Canada, Prof. Rex Brynen, for having Kahanist links. To quote Brynen, “David Bedein has enormous credibility problems among serious researchers. His work contains numerous factual errors – for example, falsely associating unrelated activities with UNRWA. Bedein has also published work under the auspices of his organisation with Samuel Sokol – an ultra-right-wing activist who, in pictures he once proudly posted online, can be seen posing with weapons in front of a Kahanist... flag.”
I trust The Jerusalem Post will do its due diligence in the future before publishing material from an internationally discredited polemicist.
The writer is spokesman for UNRWA