It was a stormy weekend for the Jewish communities around Gaza. Five Qassam rockets and two mortar shells were fired at Israel.

On Friday, two Qassam rockets landed south of Ashkelon and two mortar shells were fired at Kibbutz Kissufim. Yesterday, another three Qassam rockets were fired. One of them landed south of Ashkelon and the other two landed in the Sderot area. No one was injured and no damage was caused by any of the rockets. Small organizations, such as the Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Army of the Nation and the Popular Resistance Committees, took responsibility for the rocket fire.

In response to the rocket fire, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), attacked a team of rocket launchers near Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sources report that IDF troops fired at a rocket launching team and injured two terrorists lightly. The IDF confirmed that the troops in question had identified the terrorists who had fired the rockets.

Over the weekend, the IDF has been using a number of means to locate rocket launcher cells and to strike at them in “real time”.

Israeli security officials said that Hamas’s statements about its intention to abide by the “calm” Hamas’s leadership has taken no steps to stop the rocket fire out of the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, the Hamas regime claims 17 Palestinians have been killed since the tahdiya broke down on November 4, and that all of the 17 were members of terror organizations.

In light of the ongoing rocket fire out, the Gaza Strip, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided last night to leave the border crossings used to ship goods into the Gaza Strip closed for the time being.

The Israeli Defense Minister has not responded to questions placed by the Bulletin as to why Israel does not kill those who give the order to fire at Israel.

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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.