March 11, 2020

An Open Letter to Rabbi Rick Jacobs,
President of the Union of Reform Judaism

David Bedein
Director Israel Resource News Agency at The Center for Near East Policy Research
Beit Agron
37 Hillel Street, Suite 105-106
Jerusalem Israel


Dear Rabbi Jacobs,

This is not a first communication with you on a sensitive subject.

The new law, enacted by the Palestinian Authority, in accordance with the dictates of the Palestine Liberation Organization, provides an automatic reward for life for anyone who murders a Jew.

The PA allocates an additional reward for life to the family of the killer- for life

We have provided you with documentation of this lethal edict.

Our request is that you ask Abbas to cancel this law.

Why are we turning to you?

For a practical and personal reason.

The practical reason: you head the largest Jewish group in the US.

The personal reason is that my roots are with the Reform., even if my practice today is Orthodox

My Mom’s Reform Rabbi – Rabbi Harold Saperstein, educated her with the highest level of ethics.

Rabbi Saperstein taught my Mom the ETHICS OF THE FATHERS. to learn it by heart. In that spirit, this request is written.

The murder incentive of Machmud Abbas applies to Reform Jews and s well as every other Jew.

Another personal note. My grandfather, Abraham Levy, as commander of the American Legion Long Island chapter, carried out a tireless campaign to combat the German American Bund, the US Nazi movement in the 1930″s

My grandfather’s goal: To Influence the US government to close down the American Nazis, which they did not do until Germany declared war on the US after Pearl Harbor. The sole voice of support for my grandfather emanated from Rabbi Saperstein.

Now Jews must cope with the first entity in history which has created a formal incentive to murder Jews.

That entity is the Palestine Authority, which operates under the directives of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Rabbi Jacobs, please consider those Jews who have witnessed the murder of their loved ones, and how the PLO honors their killers.

“Do not judge your fellow,” the Hillel is quoted in the second chapter of Ethics of the Fathers, “until you have reached his place.”


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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.