Last Wednesday, The Bulletin sadly reported that Shuli Katz, murdered by a missile fired from Gaza, was buried on her kibbutz, Gvaram, where she had worked as a nurse for more than 30 years. Ms. Katz was about to celebrate her 70th birthday with her four children and five grandchildren.

At the funeral, people spoke about how Ms. Katz had warmly “adopted” volunteers who came to help out on the kibbutz, and that Ms. Katz treated each of these volunteers like one of her own children.

Indeed, on the day after the funeral, an e-mail was received from a Bulletin reader who had been a volunteer on Kibbutz Gvaram after the 1973 Yom Kippur war and who had been “adopted” by Ms. Katz. The distraught reader learned about Ms. Katz’s murder in The Bulletin and wanted to know how she could get in touch with Ms. Katz’s family to express her condolences. The Bulletin promptly put the reader in touch with Ms. Katz’s family, who are now observing the Jewish tradition of one week of mourning.

Since Ms. Katz “adopted” at least one or two foreign volunteers each year, there may be between 35 and 50 people somewhere who remember Ms. Katz as their “kibbutz mother.” The Bulletin has sent out a query to more than 100 newspapers around the world to try to locate volunteers who came to and helped out at Kibbutz Gvaram over the past 35 years, to find others who were “adopted” by Ms. Katz and to ask them to write a few words about her so that Shuli Katz will not be just another media statistic.

David Bedein can be reached at Media@actcom.co.il. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com

©The Bulletin 2008

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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.

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