Yisrael Shiriyun, a resident of the Shavei Shomron community and the father of six, sustained moderate injuries yesterday from gunshots fired from the Arab village Funduk, which is near Kedumim. The terror attack occurred after Mr. Shiriyun stopped in the village, which is on the main road between Nablus and Kalkilya, apparently, to shop.

At first, he was attacked by local Arabs, who beat him up and stole his car. Shortly thereafter an armed terrorist arrived on the scene and shot Mr. Shiriyun, who was injured in his stomach and leg. Another Israeli who passed through the village and took the injured man to Kedumim rescued him. From there he was taken to a hospital.

It should be noted that the terror attack occurred in a village that hugs the main road that serves the Jewish communities in the area and that thousands of Israeli vehicles pass by every day. Most of the residents refrain from entering the village itself, but there are quite a few who do so.

The Israel Samarian Regional Council issued the following response:

“The terror attack is the direct result of the disregard for human life and the ongoing incitement by the leaders of the state and the media against the Jewish citizens of Samaria, who gave the Arab terrorists a green light to continue with their terrorist activity. He who sows hatred against his Jewish brethren is also responsible for attacks on them.”

David Bedein can be reached at dbedein@israelbehindthenews.com.


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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: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.