The media in Israel on August 18 devoted a day of news stories to the abuse of a “stun gun”, something like an electric cattle prod and known as a taser gun, in the arrest of Boaz Albert on Thursday night,August 15.

The media missed the real story:

An Israeli citizen, Boaz Albert, a resident of Yitzhar in Northern Samaria, wrote articles which angered the IDF Central Region Commander, Gen. Nitzan Alon.

Alon used arbitrary military power at his disposal to order Boaz to leave his wife and children for the next six months.

The response of Boaz Albert was to say that if he had done something illegal or said something illegal, then please serve him with an indictment, and that he would show up in a court of law to defend himself.

Instead, General Nitzan Alon dispatched a crack anti-terror squad to break into Alpert’s home

Alon’s tough guys threw Alpert to the ground and detained him by shooting a stun gun at point blank range at Albert, in the presence of his children.

Damage to Albert’s children will be felt for many years.

The issue at hand is the arbitrary military power in the hands of General Nitzan Alon, which Alon can use against any resident, Jew or Arab, who lives under Alon’s jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria.

Until military law in Judea and Samaria replaced by civilian law, Israeli officials like General Nitzan Alon can use the power at their disposal to violate the civil liberties of anyone they choose to, while ignoring due process that every human being should benefit from.

Today, every civil liberties and human rights group should demand the removal of Nitzan Alon from his position, in the name of free speech and due process.

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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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