10 Kislev 5780

Dear Colleague,

Speaking at the Silver Spring Jewish Center most recently….Found your weekly magazine,  “Restoring the Primacy of Choshen Mishpat”    to be refreshing.

As a Shomer Mitzvot YU MSW who works  as an investigative journalist, covering the nascent PLO entity, I have a unique perspective, as one who adheres to the values of both the Torah & to social work ethics, at one and the same time.

For the past 32 years, have run a media agency which cover the murders that the Palestine Liberation Organization , the PLO,  carries out , covering both the victim and the perpetrator.

Have  conducted numerous interviews with families of people whom the PLO has murdered and extensive interviews with the murderers themselves.

The film which we produced, FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH , speaks for itself- profiles of Arabs who conduct acts of murder with no regret.

For the past 19 years, our agency has conducted extensive  studies of the new school curriculum which the PLO provides for the PA and UNRWA, whose texts focus on the value of of murdering Jews.

There is an economic dimension to  all this.

The PLO provides a handsome financial incentive for anyone who will murder a Jew, and for the family of the murderer.

The  PLO, through its administrative arm, The Palestinian Authority,  routinely spends hundreds of millions of dollars on payments to killers in prison and to the families of terrorists killed while carrying out attacks against Israel.

In 2018, for example, the PLO spent $135 million on salaries and other payments to killers . 

In 2017, PLO killer stipends came to $358 million – 7% of the Palestinian Authority’s total budget for that year and about 20% of the foreign aid it receives. 

In 2016, the PA allocated $322 million to these payments.

Where is the dilemma of Jewish law- Halacha?

Jewish business people now conduct hundreds of profit making enterprises with the PLO, knowing that profits accrued by the PLO will be allocated to indoctrinate, encourage and incentivize the murder of Jews.

All this occurs under the guise of “economic peace”, as if profits accrued by the PLO will turn the PLO to a peaceful direction.

The question is: Can business with the PLO carry Halachic implications?

Is there be a “heter” to engage in business with the PLO?

Can a schule accept a donation from someone who  profits from the PLO?



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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.