Israeli troops, intelligence agents and border police, acting in a joint operation, killed an important Islamic Jihad leader Sunday night.

The leader, identified as Jihad Nawahada, 23, an al-Quds Brigades’ member, had been on Israel’s most wanted list for a long time. He was killed in the operation, which occurred in the village al-Yamoun, lying just to the west of Jenin on the West Bank.

Mr. Nawahada, according to the reports, had been recently released from a Palestinian prison after having been incarcerated for more than five months by Palestinian forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

A Hamas Web site said “during the night, Israeli special forces whose members were disguised as Palestinian civilians infiltrated. It advanced using a Mercedes with Palestinian license plates.”

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According to that report, after Mr. Nawahada was positively identified in the street, “he came under intensive fire from the (Israel Defense Forces) IDF special forces, as a result of which he sustained critical injuries. The force kidnapped the boy to an unknown location.”

The Israeli Army spokesperson’s office confirmed the assault, saying troops fired at Mr. Nawahada, hitting him.

“The troops evacuated the wanted man to a hospital in Israel, but the wanted man died of his injuries before he arrived at the hospital,” the office said. “He was released in September from the prison in Jenin, but resumed terrorist activity. He had been wanted for the past number of months because he was planning terror attacks in the Jenin area.”

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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: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.