The Israeli government has issued a stinging rebuke of an announcement by Spanish prosecutors that they intend to sue senior Israeli military officers in connection with the 2002 assassination of terrorist leader Salah Shehade.

Mr. Yossi Avni-Levy, a spokesman for the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “[F]iling a suit in Spain by the Palestinian Human Rights Center constitutes a cynical move and another attempt to exploit the Spanish legal system in order to promote a political initiative against Israel. Israel is confident that the government of Spain and its legal system will take all means so that this political initiative should not succeed.”

One of the prospective defendants was unmoved by the Spanish judge’s decision.

“I don’t know either the judge or his motives, but I know Shehade well. His assassination was one of the most important events in the war on terror,” said Knesset member Avi Dichter, one of the prospective defendants. “I regret that the judge failed to draw a distinction between crimes against humanity and a war on terrorism. Spain suffered from terrorism in 2004 in the attacks on the trains, so that this subject shouldn’t have been foreign to them. To call an attack on a terrorist who wanted to murder hundreds of people a crime against humanity is insanity.”

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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.