Have rented office space from the Israel Association of Journalists for the past 36 years.

As journalists who work in Israel electronic media begin to retire, they tell us their secrets of the trade, one of which is that they often reserve their most egregious and tendentious news reports on Orthodox Jews for Friday night, when Sabbath observers cannot respond

A rumor  may surface on Friday night. For example, a story that someone with a kippa and tallis over his shirt has allegedly attacked someone who is not observant. The journalist who reports the story has not had time to verify the news item, but his or her   news outlet  solicits reactions from across the spectrum of opinion, except for the Orhodox, who are of course not available for comment.

This week, after Israel election results saw  an unprecedented 34 Knesset seats in the hands of Orthodox political parties, who will form a coalition with 32 members of the Likud to form the new Israel government, anger in the Israel electronic media reached flood level.

In the words of the Israel radio news announcer on Friday morning, Nov. 4th, three days after the decisive Israel election “I hesitate to say Shabbat Shalom”

When the Sabbath queen hovers over Israel this evening, transforming the Orthodox Jewish world into a collective inaccessible pumpkin, news anchors in Israel Channels 11,12,13 and IDF radio can have a field day reporting fake news about Orthodox Jews and about Israel’s national camp, who just swept the Israel elections.

This as a  call to Hebrew speakers abroad to listen and note possible inaccuracies in Shabbat reportage, which you can easily pick up online…And communicate questionable reporting to us in Israel, where our agency will hold these publicly funded news stations to account.

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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: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.