News; “Palestinian Authority Hails Terrorist Who Butchered 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl…”

Amichai Ariel, Hallel’s father, has locker at the Alon Shvut pool near my locker.

We often talk.

Amichai’s father, may he rest in peace, wrote an lively column about every aspect of Israel from his home in Naharia in HaAretz and a number of newspapers in Israel. I would often recall that Yehudah Ariel help me learn and use Hebrew in my first stages in Israel more than forty years ago.

Ariel’s articles exuded a love of the land.

Hence, the choice of the name Amichai for his son – “My people live”.

Yet inspiration for Hallel’s murder is not hard to discern.

The new curriculum of the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA are not only laced with hatred. Their schools now convey a war education curriculum, with special emphasis on the “values” of martyrdom, Jihad, demonization of Jews, and liberation of Palestine by force of arms. Meanwhile, the praise of anyone who will murder a Jew permeates every aspect of the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA.

While Israel post 1967 confiscated all such schoolbooks of incitement, Israel post 1994 allowed introduction of schoolbooks of war into the PA/UNRWA curriculum, while the Jewish state handed over Israeli owned radio and TV frequencies for use of the PA, with no restrictions from Israel.

Successive Israeli governments may have argued over issues of sovereignty in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

However, no Israeli government has had the courage to call for an overhaul of the new Arab war education system, which can readily be discerned.

No Israeli government has yet called for the removal of the Israeli frequencies, which have been abused by the PBC TV and PBC Radio.

Instead, successive Israeli governments have chosen to abide by the spirit of the failed Oslo process from twenty years ago, which recognized PLO sovereignty over the Arab population, despite the fact that the PLO covenant of war against Israel remains in place.

The Israeli government will not act to end to the current ethos of the PA and UNRWA school system.

The Israeli government will close the spigot to the PA or UNRWA.

After all, tenured Israeli government officials now in power at the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Justice and Communications were appointed during the Oslo era, while the lingering effect of the Rabin assassination has quashed rational dissent against the Oslo process for more than 20 years. And the legacy of Peres lingers on.

The time has come to demand that their western donors, beginning with the biggest contributor, the US, to condition funds for the PA and UNRWA on the removal of school books and school curricula and official media which carry a message of war against Israel.

Israel can now remove web sites of UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority Ministries of Education and Communication.

The endorsement of murder and demonization of Jews is simply not an acceptable form of free speech.

How can anyone stand by and allow the PA and UNRWA to broadcast a message of endorsement of the murder of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel?

IF the Israeli government cannot close down their means of incitement communication, then it devolves on private initiative to fight back.

Hallel was a US citizen. Her family who arrived from the US did not come to Israel to be stomped upon.

Following the PA endorsement of Hallel’s murder, no PA website should be left alive.


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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.