On Thursday night, I visited friends tonight in Amona –  David and Manya.

There is a court order to expel the Jews from Amona, and to destroy their homes.

This is a Jewish community that has existed for 20 years.

Manya is the daughter of Rabbi David Zeller, her devoted father and our friend, who died 7 years ago.

I have known Manya her whole life, ever since she was a little girl growing up in Efrat.

There was an unusual peace in their home on Thursday evening, with all of their children coming and going, all knowing that the government and army of Israel plan to expel them from their kind home, because the permits for building Amona  issued twenty years ago were challenged by constituent agencies of the New Israel Fund.

Not because the NIF wants justice for the Arabs in their specious claim to Amona.

Instead, NIF imperiously claims that  Jews who live in Judea or Samaria are an impediment  to peace with the PLO.

The PLO, through its proxy, the Palestinian Authority, promises no peace will be on the horizon until all of Palestine is liberated.

Politically correct media have difficulty reporting that reality.

Normally, if there is a retroactive problem of housing permits for a community, the community pays a fine through arbitration and that is that.

Instead, the government of Israel follows the lead of the NIF and is set to destroy the homes that belong to David and Manya and forty other families, in a carefully  planned military operation , ready to march 40 families with 200 children out of Amona , while destroying their homes in the process , with nowhere to go but a temporary student dorm.

Yet the government  Israel, which bears full responsibility for the bureaucratic entanglement  of Amona, holds out no carefully planned operation as to what to do with 40 families and 200 children as they plan to expel them from their homes.

The current government of Israel instead ascribes to  a cold, crass and inhuman decision of the Israel High Court of Justice which for some reason takes precedence over continuity of life for a peaceful Jewish community.

The unkindest cut of all is that the government of Israel, which facilitated the creation and administration of Amona with 40 families of tax paying citizens , offers nowhere for the bonafide Israeli citizens of Amona to live.

People should speak out. Your closest Israeli consulate deserves a call.

And for people who live in Israel, there is no excuse for silence.

What happens to Amona can happen to anyone.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

2 COMMENTS

  1. There is no reason why American Jews living in Judea & Samaria who have been unjustly hurt and targeted as objects of derision and finger pointing, cannot bring an action in American courts for an order against the U.S. Government to cease and desist from its unfounded criticism and to force it to abide by the still existing American legal recognition of the right of the Jewish settlements in all areas of the Jewish National Home and the Land of Israel of which it seems to be abysmally unaware. The post Six-Day War American position, which denounces that specific legal right, has blackened the name of Israel and all Jewish pioneering and progressive communities established in the National Home regions of Judea, Samaria and formerly Gaza. It makes Israel appear as a lawbreaker, when the shoe is really on the other foot. The US attitude has caused real prejudice to Israel’s international relations and acts as a brake to further settlement activity, for fear of incurring American wrath and economic sanctions. If the US Government continues down this troublesome and annoying path and there are indications that BHO is moving in that direction, the US Government should be brought to local legal account in an appropriate Court of Law for all damages suffered by Israel and her citizens for its gross violation of the recognized right of the Jewish people to settle on all parts of their homeland liberated in 1967.

  2. UN resolution 242, gives israel the right to secure borders.
    Multiple israeli governments are complicit in the demonization of the gibborai israel living in Judea and Samaria.
    Oslo, the Rebin government.
    Bibi’s refusal to renounce Oslo.
    Barak, Sharon and Olmert continued the fallacy of an arab state in Judea and Samaria living in peace.

    Finally, scum bag Bibi talks incessantly of 2 states.

    Put the blame where it belongs.

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