Why is it a good idea to register as an Israeli Non-Profit Organization?

This week, Israel Resource News Agency discovered documents in the Israel Ministry of Interior Registrar of Non Profit Organizations (RASHAM AMUTOT) that Phillip Wilcox, former US consul in Jerusalem and former advisor to President Clinton, has discretely registered his organization, THE FOUNDATION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE, with the Israel office of Non Profit Organizations.

The registration of The Foundation for Middle East Peace with the Israel office of Non Profit Organizations enabled The Foundation for Middle East Peace to receive a grant of 310,000 Euro from the EU, as a Jerusalem-based non-profit peace organization.

The EU provides grants to Jerusalem-based peace organizations from its affliated European governments.

Wilcox’s outfit, based in Washington since 1989, advertises that it receives no governent money for its work.

The Foundation for Middle East Peace, based in Washington, issues a monthly report that portrays the Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and Katif as THE obstacles to peace in the middle east.

Most recently, Wilcox appeared on CNN and was asked for his analysis of why the Oslo process had deteriorated into war. Wilcox was quick to blame the “terrorists from amongst the Hamas and the Likud settlers”.

On July 23, 1990, I covered a delegation of American citizens from the Etzion Bloc who visited with Wilcox in his capacity as the US consul in Jerusalem.

After hearing Wilcox speak about US concerns for Palestinian Arab human rights, the members of that delegation asked Wilcox as to how he understood the human rights of Jews who resided beyond the 1949/67 armistice lines. Wilcox remarked that “If that is where you live, then you have no human rights”.


Wilcox is not the only former US envoy to the middle east who now lobbies for the Arab cause in Washington.

Ed Abington, who succeeded Wilcox as the US consul in Jerusalem, works as a registered foreign agent for the PLO.

Ed Walker, who recently served as the US ambassador to Israel, now serves as the head of the Middle East Institute, which also advances the Arab cause in DC.

Could we say that…
The voice is the Voice of Ishmael but the hands are the hands of Uncle Sam?

Translated from Makor Rishon, January 10, 2003


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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.