Jerusalem – Hamas is trying to ignite a third Intifada uprising in Judea and Samaria, according to information obtained by the Israeli security establishment.

A special state of alert was issued by the Israeli security establishment in response to information that the Hamas leadership overseas had ordered its people to instigate riots.

The instructions that were given called for riots on the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem by means of such organizations as the Islamist Liberation Party and the el-Aksa Young Guard, which are active in the Temple Mount area in Jerusalem. These organizations were behind other recent disturbances and the young people holing up on the Temple Mount.

At the same time, a joint coordination body of a number of movements in Jerusalem, comprised of people from Hamas, Fatah activists and certain figures from the northern chapter of the Islamic Movement in Israel, have shown signs of activity. This group, too, in which Israeli Arabs act together with West Bank residents, is responsible to a large degree to the latest wave of violence on the Temple Mount, while exploiting the dedication of the Hurva synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem and the declaration of the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem as national heritage sites.

Israeli Security sources noted that Hamas had instructed its members to ignite riots in Jerusalem, in the hope that the activity will spread to other areas, using Hamas’s military cells.

Israeli security sources believe that Hamas’s call to kindle the West Bank is also due to Hamas’ wish to sabotage the municipal elections declared by the P.A. without including Hamas. These elections are scheduled for July 17.

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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.