The results are in after Hamas conducted elections last week.

The elections were held in Gaza and in other areas of the Middle East.

The Fatah, which runs Palestinian institutions in the West Bank towns of Ramallah, Jenin, Bethlehem, and Nablus, would not allow Hamas members in these areas to participate in the Hamas elections.

On Monday, the Ma’an Palestinian news agency reported Khaled Masha’al was re-elected politbureau chief of Hamas.

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Ma’an, based in Ramallah, reported Osama Hamdan, Hamas’ representative in Lebanon, was elected to replace Mohammed Nazzal on the ruling panel.

Mr. Masha’al, the head of the political bureau, has been in the position since 1997. Mr. Masha’al’s deputy, Mussa Abu Marzouk, also retained his post.

Maan said Hamas also elected an executive council. The council was said to comprise 15 members of the political bureau and 10 members of the General Consultative Council.

Elections for the Shura Council and General Consultative Council have been set for every four years. The elections were meant to establish Hamas’s administrative and political leadership.

While Hamas is defined by the United States, Canada, Australia and all members of the European Union Hamas as an illegal terrorist organization which honors anyone who will murder Jews, Hamas has built a democratic process that seems to be functioning with great efficiency. Hamas can now present itself to the West as a democratic entity, even if it is a terrorist organization.

Pundits often note Adolf Hitler came to power in democratic process.

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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.