Media have arrived in overwhelming numbers to cover the visit of President Trump.

An impromptu press center has been set up at the Mamila Hotel in Jerusalem.

This provides an opportunity for people who live in Israel to walk into the hotel and meet reporters in the lobby from across the globe, and to tell the real, human story of the story behind the news in Israel.

There is no organized effort to acquaint reporters with the people of Israel.

Organizations would rather complain about biased coverage than to meet reporters, head on.

Take the initiative to meet journalists, listen to their questions, and to share insights that you have about your life and perspective as someone who lives in Israel.

I have lived in Israel for 46 years and worked with the press for 30 years.

Efforts of Israel’s detractors depend on no real contact with people who can tell their story of reality in Israel.

Yet the campaign to to demonize Jews who live in Israel,especially in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, has reached flood level.

28 well funded Jewish organizations now promote Arab terror groups still at war with the Jewish state, presenting Israel’s adversaries in an innocuous manner.

These groups are not Kapos.

Kapos had guns to their heads: The new groups who work with Arab terrorists have bank transfers to their accounts.

What the media lacks is face-to-face contact with people who live in Israel.

Arab media lobbies understand that. For that reason, the PLO and the NIF (New Ishmael Fund) parade Arab human interest stories in front of reporters, where terrorists are portrayed as activists and convicted murderers are introduced as political prisoners.

To say that reporters of today have little background is an understatement.

For that reason, our office has prepared a book of consolidated news pieces about the PLO which have been ignored. We make that book available for you to hand to reporters. The title of that book; GENESIS OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, edited by Bernhard Rosenberg and written by yours truly.

Begin with the absurd.

No one bothers to tell journalists who come to Jerusalem that there was barbed wire behind what today is the Mamilla Hotel which prevented Jews from walking into the Old City of Jerusalem, from 1949 until 1967, despite international assurances of guaranteed access to all.

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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: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.


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