In his article, “Encountering Peace: The challenge of statesmanship” one wonders why Gershon Baskin in his prime ministership will not ask Abbas to cease and desist from the consistent virulent message that Abbas conveys in the Arabic language.

Just look at the website of PALWATCH.ORG to discern the message what Abbas’s media output conveys in the Arabic language, PALWATCH documents that Abbas’s official media used term “alleged Temple” at least 97 times in 2011 and 2012in its ongoing campaign to deny Jerusalem’s Jewish history.

On August 29, the PA daily cartoon demonized Israel as a bloodthirsty Jew

On August 23, Mahmoud Abbas himself declared that there would be “No peace, security, or stability” without evacuation of Jews from Jerusalem – “our holy city”

On August. 21, 2012 Abbas’s official PA media declared that the Fatah football tournament would be named after three terrorists

On August 7, 2012, the PA media declared that Israel using chemicals to ruin Al-Aqsa Mosque’s foundations and plans Temple in its place

On July 31, 2012, PA Ministry of Education periodical called Israel ” an octopus… flames shooting out between its fangs..” “They cut off my
limbs,threw me among the ruins”

followed by a PA TV song: “Marry me off to a girl who will raise my children on carrying the rifle”

On July 23, 2012, PA media declared that “Israel is monster that eats Palestinian children,in Palestinian art on PA TV ‘

On July 17, 2012, Fatah summer camp named after female terrorist Mughrabi, who led killing of 37 in the 1978 bus hijacking and that:Mughrabi
must be a “beacon” for young Palestinians

On July 8, 2012, PA TV declared that suicide bombers who killed 19 civilians on buses are “more honored than all of us” and that suicide
bombers are a “candle that lights the tunnel of liberty”

The question remains – given Baskin’s intense involvement with all levels of the Palestinian Authority, does Baskin not follow the PA media?


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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.