On November 12, 2002, a Fateh terorrist infiltrated the left wing Shomer HaTzair Kibbutz Metzer, which had made a name for itself in the Israeli peace movement and in Arab-Jewish dialogue.

The Fatah terrorist murdered the kibbutz secretary, a woman school teacher along with a mother and her two little boys.

The country was stunned.

Why would the PLO attack a left wing Israeli kibbutz?

The answer was not long in coming.

The attack on Kibbutz Metzer was followed by the news item on official PBC radio the next morning at 7:30 a.m. that celebrated “an attack on an illegal settlement colony in which five illegal colonial settlers were killed”.

The Fatah web site, located at www.fatehorg.org, immediately ascribed credit to the Fatah for the attack on the “illegal settlement”. “This was a heroic attack. We will continue such attacks until all settlements on our conquered territory are liberated” (Kibbutz Metzer was founded in 1952 on lands that belonged to an Arab village that was abandoned during the 1948 war. Kibbutz Metzer therefore appears on the map of what the PLO defines as “illegal settlements” that were founded after 1948)

All day long, the Arabic media of the PA and the Fatah blared sounds of rejoicing. In October 1993, The Fatah and the PA declared a death sentence for illegal settlers in illegal settlements, and the sentence was carried out once again.

The PLO defines the Jewish communities that replaced 531 Arab villages in 1948 as “illegal Jewish settlements”.

The PBC radio refers to the 144 Jewish settlements in Judea, Samaria and Katif only as “settlements”, since none of the 144 Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria or Katif overran any Arab village.

The maps of illegal settlements provided by the PA at target only the Jewish settlements that “overran” Arab villages from 1948, with no mention of the Jewish settlements in.Judea and Samaria. These maps appear on all the PA website at www.pba-palestine.org

Israel Resource News Agency alerted the visiting media in Israel to listen to PBC radio and to access the Fatah web site.

Yet in the 12 hours that followed the Metzer murders, not one news agency reported on the PBC or the Fatah web site

The PLO PR machine, orchestrated by Mr. Edward Abington, former US consul and current PLO lobbyist in Washington, DC, worked overtime, and flooded the foreign and even the Israeli media with condemnations of the murders at Kibbutz Metzer, to make it seem like their was universal Palestinian Arab revulsion from the murders.

The official PBC Radio operates out of Arafat’s Mukatta Headquarters under the direct editorial control of Arafat.

And how does Fatah get its funding?

Documents seized by the Israel Defence Forces from Arafat’s Mukkatta which have been verified by British intelligence and publicized by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH show that the funding for Fatah terror comes from 5% fee that is attached to all PA salaries paid by the European Union. Yet EU Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten declared this week that the EU would make not make any changes in the funding of the PA.

Sancho Javier, spokesman for Migeul Morantinous, middle east envoy of the European Commission delegation to the middle east peace process, was asked to comment on the PBC and Fatah endorsement of the murders at Kibbutz Metzer.

Javier said that he relied on what spokesmen of the PA were telling him, which is that the PA condemned the attack. When asked if the European Commission was following the PBC and Fatah endorsement of the attacks on the official PBC radio and the official website of the Fatah, Javier responded by saying that “The European Commission does not have the capacity to do that. We have no way of knowing what they are telling their people in Arabic”

The time has come to provide the European Commision with a transistor radio, an internet connection and an Arabic translator.


Within hours of the attack on Kibbutz Metzer, the Fateh launched an interactive poll in which it asked questions with the following results:

“Do you favor martyrdom attacks….

  1. Within Israel’s 1948 lines… 5.5% answered affirmatively
  2. Within Israel’s 1967 lines… 13% answered affirmatively
  3. Within both the 1948 and 1967 lines… 70.83% responded affirmatively
  4. Not in favor of any martyrdom attacks… 10.19% responded affirmatively

The fateh poll can be accessed at: www.fatehorg.org/ara/modules.php?name=Surveys&op=results&pollID=3.

Fatah has given a new meaning to the concept of Palestinian self-determination.


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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.