This letter is written from the perspective of an  MSW community organizer and investigative journalist, running a think tank and international news agency in Jerusalem for the past thirty three years.

Our focus: Reform of UNRWA, which advocates the “right of return by force of arms”.

Since no one can get rid of UNRWA, we work with he US Congress, the Canadian Parliament, the British Parliament, The Bundestag and the Swedish Parliament- the largest UNRWA funders.

In that context, our agency works closely with each individual consul in Jerusalem.

In that context, we initiated the Knesset Lobby for UNRWA Reform.

If you want to influence members of a legislative body, the worst tactic is to circulate a petition.

Feedback from all parliamentarians:

Petitions are viewed by elected officials as contrived.

Petitions to politicians discarded.

The tactical success of the other side is that they encourage individually written correspondence to elected officials.

Please understand. Fifty individually written letters influence policy makers more than 5,000 signatures on a well written petition.

A petition with thousands of signatures makes you feel good.

Fifty well placed letters  makers influence those who are the decision makers.

Learn from the success of our adversaries.

Stop petitions. Recruit effective letter writers to send a message by e-mail and registered post correspondence, “return receiver requested” , followed up with  a flow of calls to the elected official in question.

With warmest regards,

David Bedein
Israel Resource News Agency at The Center for Near East Policy Research


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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.