The US Congress did the right thing, and commissioned its own independent GAO investigation of the school books used by the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA to educate the new generation.

Full disclosure: Our news agency and think tank appeared on nine occasions in the halls of Congress, 2005-2016, as we reported our examinations , over the years of their 364 new Arabic language school books

We conducted these studies with the help of two Phd’s in Islamic Studies, while we commissioned Arab news teams to film their schools

We got plenty of heat from the Bush Administration and Obama administration, neither of which would examine the new books.

Yet both sides of the aisle in the Senate Near East Subcommittee and the House Middle East Subcommittee took this work seriously and gave full support.

Senator James Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Near East Subcommittee, took our reports seriously enough that he used his authority as subciommtitee chairman to commission a thorough GAO study, whose conclusions were more powerful than ours…which found that the PA and UNRWA, with US funds, was preparing a new curriculum of total war indoctrination against the Jews.

So where is he set up for the kill?

Simply put: Trump censored the GAO Congressional report on the PA/UNRWA school system.

The classification of that GAO report is so massive that Senator Risch told our correspondent in DC that if he even opens the report, he could be arrested.

Now for the second example of an egregious the Trump Administration Israel policy decision.

Trump correctly moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem, yet will not allow for US recognition of Israeli soverereignty over Jerusalem.

US documents issued in Jerusalem continue to say “Jerusalem”, with no mention of Israel.

Therefore, Israel will not allow building permits for the Givat Matos neighborhood in Jerusalem, contiguous to Gilo, because of US opposition.

These two examples are a sign of things to come.

What should happen?

The time has come to organize events, activities and studies to galvanize a wide range of people in israel into action, so as to to stifle such US policy options.

We already have gotten a taste of things to come.

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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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  1. Just keep raising hell about the GAO report being kept secret. Americans can’t stand having secrets kept from them. Eventually it gets out.

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