The film, “Damascus Cover” represents a unique venture into the world of Middle East cinema reality,

Set as a spy thriller in Syria, with an Israeli agent on a mission for the Mossad. you cannot help but sit back and learn about the complex role that Syria has played over the years.

From Damascus Cover you learn tidbits about Syria as a haven for Nazi fugitives.

You learn about Syria’s Jews desperate to leave, a few years before their mass exodus in 1994.

Interwoven in the film, you learn about the corruption of the Syrian regime and the role of narcotics as a mainstay of the Syrian economy.

Damascus Cover also provides the viewer with a look into the naive world of a woman reporter in israel who may not know that it is not wise to take pictures at the Western Wall on the Jewish Sabbath.

And finally the film provides some insight into the intrigues of Israeli intelligence who depend on well placed Arab government officials who will sell their souls for whatever is the asking price on the market.

Full Disclosure: I have known the creator of Damascus Cover, as a book and movie, Howard Kaplan, for more than fifty years, and never cease to admire the insight that he carries with him as to how intelligence really manifests itself


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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.