Concerning the notion that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has delayed the eviction of Jewish communities in order to avoid a conflict with with Jewish customs of the mourning period that commemorates the destruction of the two ancient Jewish Temples in Jerusalem, the Jewish customs in this regard remain quite different.

Clause 122 of the Code of Jewish Law mentions that does not build a “home of joy and happiness” during the three week period of mourning in Jewish Law.

Eviction is hardly a situation of “joy and happiness”.

Clause 141 of yet another Jewish legal text, known as the Mishne Brurah, actually requires a person of the Jewish faith to move into a new home during these three weeks of Jewish mourning if his previous home has been destroyed.

According to sources at the Israel Ministry of Finance, the reason for delaying the eviction of entire communities is because the Government of Israel does not yet have the way to cover the costs required for such a monumental task at hand.

Implemementation of this Israeli government policy is completely dependent on funds which have been promised yet not allocated by the US government for this purpose. President Bush may have promised some of these funds. There is no indication that the US Congress will approve.

Indeed, in May, 2000, President Clinton promised Israel an $800 million incentive if the Israeli government would withdraw its troops from Lebanon. Israel withdrew its troops and the US Congress did not approve of the allocation.


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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: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.