For ​at least 17 years, a man later fired by the “Rabbis for Human Rights” criss-crossed the planet, spreading the fa​​lse notion that it is illegal and even criminal for Jews to purchase land beyond the 1949 armistice lines.

In that context, UN declared this week that businesses in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem, the Jordan valley, Golan Heights and the Dead Sea are, indeed, criminal in nature.

​While current US government policy does not approve Israeli Jewish communities beyond the 1949 armistice lines, at no time has the US Government ever issued a statement that these Jewish communities are “illegal”.

The legal US policy dates to June 30, 1922, when both Houses of the US Congress endorsed the “Mandate for Palestine”, confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine – anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea”. That is the US law relating to Jewish settlement policies in all areas of the land of Israel, defined as Palestine under the British Mandate. and it has never been contradicted by any subsequent American law.

The time has come for Rabbis for Human Rights to distance itself from their former leader, and for RHR to state that it is perfectly legal for a Jew to purchase land anywhere in Israel, even if RHR does not agree with the idea of living everywhere in Israel.

The damage done to Israel at the UN by organizations which describe Jews who live beyond the green line as criminal in nature can be repaired.

Clerics of all denominations act under a moral code.

Now is the time for RHR to invoke that moral code.

They went too far. and they know it.

That is why RHR informed our agency that they fired their former director.

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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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  1. The Lodge-Fish Resolution of September 21, 1922, was a Joint Resolution passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress and signed by President Warren Harding, endorsing the Balfour Declaration with slight variations. This made the text of the Joint Resolution part of the law of the United States until this very day.
    “Resolved by the Senate and House of representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the United states of America favors the establishment in Palestine of a national Home for the Jewish people…”
    confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine — anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea:
    Under American Law when a joint resolution is passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives in an identical form and then signed by the President, it becomes the Law of the U.S.
    7. Both the Lodge-Fish Resolution and the Anglo American Convention underwent the above noted process (see point 6). Therefore reconstituting Palestine as a National Homeland for the Jewish People worldwide and recognizing their historical connection to the land became part of US LAW.
    Any attempt to negate the Jewish people’s right to Palestine — Eretz-Israel — and to deny them access and control in the area designated for the Jewish people by the League of Nations is an actionable infringement of both international law and the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, paragraph 2 of the United States Constitution), which dictates that Treaties “shall be the supreme Law of the Land”.

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