Following President Obama’s demand that Israel cease construction in any Jewish comunity beryond the 1949 cease fire lines, the JTA has
launched a series of articles on the people affected by this draconian demand
.
JTA began its series by producing tendentious pieces where JTA interviewed a group of “hilltop” people in an isloated area of Northern Samaria.
Included in the pieces were interviews with groups that lobby Israel and the American government to eradicate Jewish communities and to hand their property over to Arab terror groups.
JTA attributes credibility to the groups whid demand that Israel destroy Jewish communities in the name of peace, despite the precedent of Summer 2005, when 25 thriving Jewish comunities were bulldozed and their properties were handed over to terrorist organizations.
As a result, the lands of evicted Gush Katif communities are now used as launching pads and training bases for terrorist groups.
Since the US government now demands that Israel freeze Jewish communities in all of Judea, Samaria, the Old City of Jerusalem and 12 other neighborhoods in Jerusalem, the question remains:
Will JTA will interview a wide range of the 550,000 Jewish residents of Jewsh communities where the USA challenges Israel’s sovereignty?
Or will JTA act as an unwitting tool of current American goverment policy, and demonize Jewish communities beyond the “green line”?

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  1. David,

    Thanks for the urgently needed commentary.

    However, I respectfully disagree with the suggestion that the JTA is acting, "…as an unwitting tool of current American goverment policy…"

    Rather, I can arrive at no other conclusion than that the JTA’s editors and staff did have an idea of the implications – vis-a-vis support of Israel’s moral, historical, and legal right to incorporate Judea and Samaria as part of the Jewish state – of running such an example of anti-Jewish propaganda.

    In this, I think the JTA was far more "witting" than "un".

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