Last Wednesday, August 15th, Al Hayat Al Jadida, the official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority, carried what the western reader would regard as an unusual news item: A soccer tournament had been held in a Palestinian Authority school in honor of Ziyad Da’as, the terrorist who engineered a machinegun attack at a Bat Mitzvah celebration in Hadera in January 2002, where six people were murdered and more than 30 people were hurt.

Dias was also the terrorist who planned the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli restaurant owners whom he lured to the Arab city of Tulkarem in 2001.

Di’as, a Fatah commander, was killed by Israeli troops in August 2002.

In the wake of an official Palestinian Authority soccer match in a Palestinian Authority school which glorified a man who murdered Jews, the Bulletin dispatched a letter to the US State Department and the Israeli government to ask whether either government would demand that the Palestinian Authority cease and desist from naming future soccer teams for those who murder Jews. Meanwhile, The Bulletin has also asked the the US State Department and the Israeli government if either would demand that that the Palestinian Authority cease and desist from honoring those who murder Jews?

At the same time, the Bulletin asked Assaf Romirowsky, director of the Israel Advocacy Center of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation as to whether the Israel Advocacy Center will ask the US State Department and the Israeli government to demand that the Palestinian Authority cease and desist from naming soccer teams for those who murder Jews. The Bulletin also asked if the Israel Advocacy Center would ask the US State Department and the Israeli gov’t to demand that that the Palestinian Authority cease and desist from honoring those who murder Jews?

The Bulletin awaits responses.

Most recently, the US and Israeli governments renewed their assistance to Fatah-oriented Palestinian Authority schools.

As the Bulletin reported on August 10th, neither the US nor Israel conditioned aid to PA education on a cancellation of the anti-semitisim in the PA school curriculum.

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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.