Ahmad El-Sukar was the Arab terrorist responsible for the murder of 14 and maiming 70 in a Zion Square bombing, when he placed a refrigerator bomb there on July 4, 1975.

I was there in Zion Square that day, guiding a student group who witnessed the massacre.

My social work teacher. Mira Berger, was one of the people who was murdered that day.

Mira’s profession was working with concentration camp survivors, thirty years after World War II.

El Sukar, had lived in Chicago for many years under the cover of a businessman, and returned to his village near Ramallah in the mid-sixties, where he became active in the Fateh.

El Sukar was apprehended and sentenced to 14 life sentences.

Abu Mazen and Arafat had made a special request of US Sec’y of State Colin Powell to free El- Sukar, because of their special relationship with El Sukar, which spans more than fifty years.

And Israel freed El-Sukar, 28 years after his crime. He signed a declaration that he would not engage in terror or incite to terror. The declaration also stated that if he violated the declaration that he understood Israel could put him back in prison to serve out the remainder of his sentence… “.

I specifically asked the spokesman of the Israeli Prime Minister on the day of El-Sukar’s release if the return to terror would mean his endorsement of terror activity on the official media of the PA.

The PM spokesman responded in absolute terms, saying that if El Sukar would incite to murder, then he would be re-arrested. After all, since El-Sukar, at age 68, might not be able to schlep refrigerators, he might inspire others to emulate his act.

And yet, only a few weeks after his release, El-Sukar called for the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers at a rally in Bethlehem that was widely reported on Palestinian Authority radio and Palestinian Authority TV, reminding the crowd that “in return for three soldiers, Israel released 1,150 prisoners in the famous (Jibril) exchange.” He also praised the Palestinians for killing one Jew for every three Palestinians killed –

On August 7th, a meeting was held at the office of the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the PM office director raised the concerns brought to him by journalists that El Sukar had violated the terms of his release by demanding that Arabs kidnap IDF soldiers

The PM office has said that the matter of re-arresting El Sukar would now be discussed.

As Dr. Aaron Lerner, the director of IMRA has pointed out, “When El-Sukar suggested that soldiers be kidnapped and praised the murder of Israelis he incited for terror. And when he incited for terror he violated the terms of his release. And when he violated the terms of his release, the sovereign State of Israel should have issued a warrant for is arrest But Israel hasn’t. And El-Sukar knows this. And so do all the terrorists who signed similar declarations this week before they went home to prepare for the next round”.

Israel’s sovereignty hangs in the balance, and so does its commitment to protect its citizens from PLO Arab terrorists to incite to murder.

The question is whether Israel’s Prime Minister will stand up to the US and the PLO to remove a murderer from the airwaves of the Voice of Palestine.

Israel’s independence is on the line.

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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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