Attn: Dan Schori, American Jewish Congress

From: David Bedein,
Israel Resource News Agency & Center for Near East Policy Research

Have just heard of your ill-advised idea for a Jewish caucus in Congress

Most Jewish members of Congress blindly endorse the idea of the PLO state, which would portend a disaster for Israel.

For the sake of Jerusalem, please drop the idea of a Jewish caucus in Congress, which would ally itself with the PLO state advocates.

You do not live here.

Do not impose a PLO state on us.

Full Disclosure: My parents, Phillip and Miriam Bedein, of Blessed Memory, were lifelong members of the American Jewish Congress.

What a PLO regime would entail:

I. The PA has not conducted a Presidential election since 2005, nor an election for any other positions since the PA Parliamentary elections of 2006. This leaves Muhammad Abbas and whoever he chooses as a successor for the position of “president for life”, a notion which stands in opposition to the principles of electoral choice and accountability held so dear to those who live in functioning democratic nations which support the concept of a PLO state

II. The PA regime violates basic international criminal codes.
Palestinian human rights expert Bassem Eid prepared a monograph for the Henry Jackson Society in 2016 in which he documents the following:

a. The PA legislates that there are no fewer than 42 acts for which the penalty is death can be imposed.

b. The PA uses extra-judicial killings and torture as an instrument to obtain evidence.

c. The PA generates voluminous human rights complaints. In 2015 alone, there were 42 allegations of violation of free speech, and similar violations of basic personal human rights.

d. The PA does not allow freedom of the press, a right that people in the free world have cherished and sought to protect for centuries.

e. The PA has an egregious record for incitement to violence, notwithstanding its numerous written claims to restrain such use of both oral and written speech.

f. The PA imposes the penalty of death on any Arab who sells real estate to Jews.

g. The PA has accumulated a long and inglorious history of embezzling funds and other forms of aid intended for humanitarian purposes. The PA’s guiding spirit, Yasser Arafat, accumulated a fortune well in excess of one billion US dollars in this fashion: stealing money intended to be used to build schools, hospitals, roads, and the like. “Transparency International” investigation (January 19, 2012) found that Arafat had misappropriated at least eight hundred million $800,000,000.00) dollars. Abbas follows in his footsteps with his own family’s history of embezzlement from the PA.

III. Texts supplied to the schools in the PA an UNRWA contain false and prejudicial information, indoctrinating the next generation for war by means of demonization, delegitimation and the advocacy of a violent struggle. These texts are well documented, and may be seen on the website of Center for Near East Policy Research. www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com

IV According to an on ordinance of PA law, the PA provides an unprecedented automatic bank transfer to anyone who murders (or attempts to murder) a Jew. This allocation is for the killer and for the family of the murderer – for life. The PA allocates at least seventeen million (17,000,000.00 NIS) per month as rewards for capital crimes against Jews.

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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.

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