May 14th 2021

Dr. Darko Mocibob
Deputy Director
Middle East And West Asia Division
Dept. of Political Affairs

Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Associate Dean 
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Dear Dr. Mocibob,

Our professional journalists, based in Gaza, report that missiles launched at all parts of Israel are being fired from the UNRWA refugee camps in Gaza.

This is the time to disarm UNRWA refugee camps to save lives.

If UNRWA does not disarm, it is likely that the IDF will go in and try to disarm them, which will cause tremendous loss of life, both of Israeli soldiers and of school children.

Since you have stressed that the responsibility to oversee UNRWA lies with donor nations, please ask each UNRWA donor nation to dispatch their diplomats to make it clear that continued funding of UNRWA depends on total disarmament of all UNRWA facilities.

Kind regards,

Julia Marks
Diplomatic liaison, Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research
Tel: +972-2-6236368


David Bedein,Director
Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research
Beit Agron Center, 37 Hillel Street
Tel: 02-6236368


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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.