This is written as news comes of yet another bomb attack in Netanya, with reports that the Al Aksa Brigades of the Fateh is taking credit for the attack.

Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian National Authority, also serves as the chairman of the Fateh movement.


At the end of November 2000, our agency organized a lecture at a retirement home in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya, to discuss the PLO demand that all Arabs who have wallowed in UN refugee camps for the past 50 years have the “right to return” to villages that they left in 1948.

We showed them the map of a “future Palestinian State” which the PLO Orient House headquarters provided us in Jerusalem, which marked the 531 Arab villages that are slated for return, all of which had been overrun in 1948.

One of those villages was Umm Khalid, which, according to the PLO, had been illegally absorbed by Netanya.

The PLO defines Netanya as one of Israel’s “illegal settlements,” under the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention, enacted in 1949, which forbids a conquering nation from moving its citizens into a conquered area.

The implications: the PLO will justify any attack on any such settlement that it views as “illegal.”, under international law. The head of the PLO Refugee Department, Daoud Barakat, confirmed this for us in a taped interview.

In January 1995, following Hamas terror bombs that killed 21 people at a bus stop at the Beit Lid/Netanya junction, The PLO secretary general Marwan Barghouti, now in prison for the first degree murders of 13 people, calmly told MBC Saudi television why the PLO would justify an attack on Netanya: “This is an area that we have yet to liberate.”

We have that video readily available.

Meanwhile, the December 1995 PLO-Hamas accord, signed in Cairo by both Palestinian factions, allows Hamas to carry out operations in areas within Israel proper that have “not yet been liberated”.

The Palestinian spin on the “right of return” plays out in many ways that have escaped public attention:

Over the past seven years, the PLO has developed a computer data base at which helps Arab refugees locate their homes from before 1948.

Check out:

This is to enable their imminent right of return to places like Umm Khalid – by force, if necessary.


The above presentation five years ago made retirees at the Netanya nursing home very nervous. They could not believe what they were hearing, that their city was considered to be a target.

They became quite emotional, and some of the retirees actually screamed that “all the Palestinians want is the west bank and Gaza.”

It was clear that the message that the PLO demanded the “right of return” to Netanya was a hard one for these senior citizens to swallow.

Yet there was one man who made it easy to listen: An Arab male nurse present asked to say something at the end of the lecture.

He approached the podium He stared at the map and turned to speak to the retirees. “This is what want. The right of return. That would bring peace,” said the nurse. I asked him if that meant that Israel would have to withdraw from Umm Khalid.

The nurse, in a soft voice, said “yes”.

I then said to the nurse that this would mean that half of the Jews would have to leave their homes in Netanya. The nurse said, “Well, that would be the price of peace.”

The retirees were stunned. The Arab nurse at the Netanya nursing home had conveyed my message — with greater credibility.

Since that talk in Netanya, more than a dozen Arab terror bombs have exploded in the center of Netanya.

From the PLO point of view, these bombings occur because Netanya — or Um Khalid — has not yet been “liberated from occupation”.


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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.