For the past seventeen years, since the inception of the Oslo process, the passion of this news agency and research center has focused on dissonant PLO messages – the contrast between the PLO message conveyed to to Israel and to western countries which seemingly supports a two state solution, and the consistent message communicated to the Palestinian people and to the Arab League which promotes a two stage solution to destroy Israel.

Take, as a case in point, the notion of The Right of Return– the rightof Palestinian refugees and their descendants from the 1948 war to returnto Arab villages lost in 1948.

The PLO Negotiations Department spokespeople always reassure foreign reporters that this is no more a request for an in-principlerecognition of the right of return.

Yet official Palestinian media outlets and official Palestinian educational institutions present the Palestinian people with the right of returnas the chief policy concern of the nascent Palestinian entity.

Every Palestinian school child learns the precise map of lost Palestinian Arab villages that must be liberated from Israel. Every Palestinian child in every UNRWA Palestinian refugee camp learns the precise contours of every village where their family was expelled from and where every Palestinian family must return to. The official Palestinian web site, , speaks for itself in terms of this planned and precise promoted policy of the right of return.

The Official Palestinian Authority is designed to inculcate the next generation to Demonize and Destroy Zionism and Israel:


http://israelbehindthenews. com/library/pdfs/Quotations_ from_the_PA_Textbooks_He.pdf


http://israelbehindthenews. com/library/pdfs/PA- schoolbooks.pdf

Yet it has been a nearly impossible task to publish news stories about the official Palestinian message to the Palestinian people for the mainstream media.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency will simply not run news stories that focus on what the Palestinian leadership communicates to their own people

The American Jewish Press Association will allow their conferences to hold a briefing which would delve into the message that the Palestinian leadership in the Palestinian media and in the new Palestinian schools.

The mainstream Israeli media will rarely make any mention of the official Palestinian pronouncements in Palestinian media outlets or in Palestinian educational institutions.

There was a time when documentation of the official Palestinian message to the Palestinian people was hard to come by, and a logistical nightmare to obtain.

In the mid-1990’s, our agency would dispatch messengers in the middle of the night to a Gaza checkpoint to retrieve videos of up to date PBC TV news broadcasts, new official Palestinian Authority school books, newPalestinian maps,and films of Palestinian public figures at rallies, all of which conveyed a consistent message that promoted the obliteration of Israel which contrasted with the well oiled PR machine operated of the PLO Negotiations Department which promoted precisely opposite message to the mainstream media that only wants to hear a seeming message of peace and reconciliation.

Today, however, access to official Palestinian TV, radio,print and internet media is easy to come by, and entry to Palestinian schools and Universities is easy to facilitate.

Yet the mainstream media had maintained a policy of ignoring the dissonant message of the Palestinian official representatives until this week, when the Al Jazeera TV network, owned in large part by investors from the Arab nation of Qatar, produced thousands of internal documents which verified the double message of the Palestinian Authority.

For the first time since the inception of the Oslo process in 1993, the mainstream media finally reported that the PLO indeed communicates in two tongues, in a tone of reasonable negotiation with Israelis and westerners, in stark contrast with the policy promoted by official Palestinian spokespeople to the Palestinian people.

In one day, Al Jazeera made the task of communicating Palestinian double talk that much easier.

Perhaps JTA and the American Jewish Press Association will ask Al Jazeera to host a colloquium of the American Jewish media in Qatar on the subject of the dual message communicated by the Palestinian Authority.


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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.