Israel fac​es  multiple crises that require immediate action.
The first challenge is a well-planned rebellion ​now underway, ​orchestrated by the Fatah, also known as the PLO- the Palestine Liberation Organization. 

This generation of Fatah has learned to manipulate public opinion through carefully coordinated violent actions and logistical support. 

Their campaign promotes the right of return to Arab villages that existed before 1948, even though this ​has no basis in reality​.

This generation of Fatah has learned to manipulate public opinion through coordinated violent actions and logistical support. 

Their campaign promotes  the right of seven ​ million Arabs​ who​ dwell as  refugees in perpetuity in 59 “temporary”  ​refugee camps to return to Arab villages that existed before 1948, UNRWA, ​in charge of thes refugee camps, has created a school system centered around the right of return, evident in school books, songs, plays, and youth clubs. 

The UNRWA schools reflect the fact that  the PLO never ratif​ied  the ​”declaration of ​principles” of the 1993 OSLO Accords, which require it to denounce terrorism​​ and  recognize  of Israel

​Yet there is a widely accepted ​notion that the PLO, operating under the guise of the PA, has abandoned the ​path to  ​terror ​. 

Indeed, the ​Israeli High Court of Justice​ under the leadership of Chief Justice Aharon Barak​ recognize​d the  P​LO  as a legitimate entity, ​based on the recognition of the Palestinian Arab national aspirations  in ​the 1979 Camp David Accords​, written in part by then Israel- State Attorney Aharon Barak, the same jurist who became the Israel Chief Justice.

​Now  is the time to  challenge​ ​PLO legitimacy under Israel and international law​, because the PLO acts as an entity of terror-  not as a partner for peace

A​ case in point:  the ​unprecedented ​​PA ​law that came into effect in 2015,  when the PA established a fund to provide  a salary for life ​for​ ​anyone who murders a Jew ​​ with a salary for life, or a salary for life for ​ the family ​of the killer, if the killer  dies in the act of murdering a Jew. 

Shockingly, no government, including Israel, has demanded the repeal of this law.

My question to the spokespeople of both the US and Israel about whether either government would demand that the PA repeal  this incentive to murder elicited an identical response from both governments- condemning “pay for slay”, not calling for its repeal.

A campaign must now be launched to demand ​the repeal​ of this “pay for slay” legislation, along with  the prosecution of anyone who facilitates payments​ for murder​, including ​any  banks ​that process​ what amounts to be a reward for murder.

​Israel must declare  zero tolerance for any nation, or entity that does not demand the repeal  of this unprecedented law. 

To give a human face ​to this law,​ ​international zoom discussions with families can ensue,  with those who have lost loved ones to these incentivized murders​. 

Only by seeing the human ​face ​ can the depth of this crime be fully ​​understood.

A practical suggestion :

Hold  vigils at the Jerusalem Capital Studios,  206 Jaffa road, Jerusalem,​where ​media can be can be direct; approached directly.

Such vigils should also involve those who suffer the pain of losing loved ones to murder​, ​ ​only to ​ witnes​s​  how their killers are ​rewarded ​with a fee for ​life.

By  engaging  public opinion​, , it ​will ​become possible to challenge the ​blind ​acceptance of such a law​, in order to facilitate a change in policy.




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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.