October 2023

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David Bedein, Director

The events of the past two weeks have vindicated my conclusion, after thirty-six years of scrutinizing PLO and UNRWA policies, that the PLO has fostered an ideology based on justifying the murder of Jews.

Full disclosure: On  December  1, 1987, when  I launched  an office for news and research at Jerusalem’s press center, I was an advocate of a Palestinian Arab state. 

Seventeen years of active involvement in the Israel peace movement had convinced me that Israel had a genuine Arab peace partner with whom Israel could resolve the war with the Palestinian Arabs and address the millions of Arabs who dwelled in 59 UNRWA camps as refugees in perpetuity. 

That  optimism lasted for one week. 

On December 8, 1987, the PLO took over the Palestinian Arab leadership in what became known as a violent “intifada”, the Arabic term meaning to “throw off” Israel.

Ever since, I have engaged Arabic-speaking journalists – Jews and Arabs – who assist me in examining every aspect of the PLO and UNRWA.  

After thirty-six years, our research concluded that the purpose of the PLO was not to foster hatred of the Jews but rather to indoctrinate the systematic murder of the Jews. 

Very few believed me. 

However, the massacre of Jewish men, women, and babies which took place on October 7 represented the culmination of twenty-four years of incitement of the Arabs to cross the fence, and to then to abduct or murder any Jew who stood in their warpath on the road to fulfill their right of return by force of arms.

​Fast forward to the Oct. 18 visit of US President Joe Biden to Jerusalem. 


The State Department affirmed to me that the President was ​assured that​ the PA condemn​ed the ​current Arab murder campaign.,


The report of the Abbas condemnation of the killings enabled Biden  to arrive in Jerusalem and endorse the creation of a Palestinian state with Abbas at its helm.

Our news agency engaged ​had engaged  a senior journalist, fluent in Arabic, Dr. Pinhas Inbari, ​now a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, to follow every word attributed to Abbas in the tightly controlled Palestinian Authority, following the discovery of babies butchered at the hands of ​Palestinian Arabs. Inbari reported that Abbas ​’s comments to the PA media did not reflect or ​carry one word of regret, apology or second thoughts about the actions of ​Arab murder ​campaign since Oct.7.

* The Palestinian Authority’s official news agency published comments on Sunday by President Mahmoud Abbas that criticized Hamas over its actions but later removed reference to the terrorist group without providing an explanation” – Jerusalem Post, Oct. 17, 2023.

What Abbas did repeat, over and over, on PA radio, TV, and  internet was that the PA would provide a grant for the family of ​any Arab who died as ​a  “Shahid”,  a holy martyr, since Oct. 7.

This was the legacy of President Joe Biden in Jerusalem: allowing Mahmud Abbas to get away with murder.


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