September 27th, 2006

To: Miri Eisin, Press Liason, Prime Minister of Israel From: David Bedein, Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency

Dear Miri,

This letter is being written after visiting our new bureau in Sderot.

Since Israel can expect an escalation of attacks in the south over the next few months, please note the following four queries which have been generated from our office in Sderot:

1. While there are 17 social work professionals in Sderot, the city needs a center for coordination of emergency social services and it needs a trauma center. Will the government allocate funds for this purpose?

2. The 80 shelters in Sderot are locked and not yet ready, and at least 10 of the shelters are without water and electricity. Will the government immediately prepare these shelters, to be ready to cope with a Lebanon-type situation of constant fire?

3. Al least 800 homes in Sderot have no safe rooms in case of attack. Will the government allocate resources to build safe rooms contiguous to these homes?

4. Since Sderot is being fired at from the haven of the UNRWA camp in Jabalya. will the government make a formal demand to UNRWA and to the nations which fund UNRWA (USA- 31%, for example) to stop harboring terrorists in UNRWA facilities?




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Previous articleUNRWA’s Tunnel Vision
Next articleIsraeli Military Intelligence: Assad Seriously Considering War With Israel
David Bedein
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.