To the outside observer, passions behind the riots which have swept the state of Israel may not be understood. After all, what is the big deal over cosmetic changes in the high court of justice?

Well, ever since the early days of the Oslo process in 1993, the Israel legal system sanctified every possible relationship with members of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

The demise of the peace process and the return of the PLO to a full scale of war with the Jews means that citizens of Israel who accrue profits from business with the PLO may now be viewed by the Israel legal system as criminal.

And if there is a change in the composition of the Israel high court, business with the PLO might be traitorous.

What are the dimensions of Israel Jewish investment in the Palestinian Authority, which works under the aegis of the PLO?

The Israel Globes economic newspaper last week published a whopping figure of $2.8 Billion that Jews in Israel have invested in the PA over the last year alone, at a time when more than fifty Israel corporations operate inside the PA.

Passia, the authoritative Palestine Academic Society for International Affairs, reports in its 2022 yearbook that more than 135 nations now pour unaccounted for humanitarian donations into the PA for health, education, and welfare, while there is simply no record keeping as to the whereabouts of cash donated to the PA.

The Israel law enforcement system turned a blind eye as to medical equipment donated to the PA which is then sold on the open market or used for weapons purchases.

So long as the notion of a peace process was prevalent, the Israel legal system did not want to intervene.

Now that the PLO has resumed war with the Jews, those Jews invested in the PA now assume that their heads may be on the chopping block. Jewish business with the PA will now be defined by a new High Court in Israel as treason.

Hence, the numbers of Jews who demonstrate in violent vigils against the judicial reform proposed by the government of Israel.

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Protesters in Israel do not confine their demands that changes in the courts be reconsidered.

Three hundred rioters who stormed a beauty parlor where the prime minister’s wife was having her hair done were not only demanding a change in the Israel juridical system. That mob wanted blood.

What has occurred in Israel over the past few weeks is that lethal concessions made by Israel to the PLO and sanctified by the Israel High Court of Justice have suddenly the Israeli public like a ton of bricks.

During a seeming peace process, the Israel High Court of Justice over the past thirty years allowed as many as 9,000 felons convicted of murder and attempted murder to walk free  – if they would only sign on to peace.

Since 1992, the Israel High Court of Justice has rejected all petitions to reconsider such decisions which ignored possibilities of recidivism.

Meanwhile, mainstream media in Israel is only now beginning to report to the public that the Palestinian Authority has enacted a law which offers an automatic salary for life for anyone who murders a Jew, and a gratuity for life to the family of the killer – if he dies as a martyr while in the act of murdering a Jew.

People in Israel know that the PA pays killers.

No one knew that this was a matter of PA law.


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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.