http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-eu-is-not-to-blame/

Neither anti-antisemitism nor anti-Zionism motivate the policy that the EU has just enacted., to cut off all ties with the the Jewish communities who reside in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, the Golan, or in Judea and Samaria.

Ever since joining the informal EU-Israel Press Forum in 2002, our news agency and research center interacted with all of the European consulates who are based in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

We continually interview these consuls concerning their policies towards Israel, the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA.

The Israeli government maintains no ties whatsoever with European consuls, whose primary focus is the Palestinian Authority,

These key influential European consuls, who influence key policy decisions concerning areas beyond the 1967 lines. are lobbied by all levels of the Palestinian Authority and by tens of Israeli NGO’s who oppose the presence of Jewish communities in areas acquired by Israel in the wake of the 1967 war – including the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.

In that context, Israeli NGO’s overwhelm the European consuls with the specious idea that Jewish settlement in areas taken by Israel would constitute a “war crime”,

The concept of a boycott of products that emanate from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria was conceived of by two Israeli organizations who defined themselves as peace advocates – Peace Now and Gush Shalom – while receiving funding from these European consuls.

Our agency has witnessed and reported that the leadership NGO’s, also operating with EU funding, such as the Peres Center for Peace, the Economic Cooperation Foundation headed by Yossi Beilin,, the New Israel Fund and the Charles Bronfman Foundation, also known as the CRB Foundation, have all given credence to the EU notion that Israeli Jewish communities beyond the 1967 lines constitute no less than a “war crime”.

While Israeli lawyers from these Israeli NGO’s brief European consuls in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, the Israeli government will not communicate with these EU reps.

The EU consulates are left with one opinion: that the Israeli presence beyond 1967 lines constitutes a “crime against humanity.

For years, our agency has asked the Israeli prime minister’s office, foreign minister’s office, Defense Minister’s office and Justice minister’s office to provide diplomatic missions on Jerusalem with a clear, resolute policy statement which affirms Israel’s legal right to settle its citizens in areas acquired after the 1967 war, to which there is no response.

European consuls whom we interact with are left with the legal assessment that they hear from Peace Now,Gush Shalom the Peres Center for Peace, the Economic Cooperation Foundation, the New Israel Fund and the CRB Foundation, which is that “Israeli settlement activity is illegal”, which no Israeli government agency is ready to contradict.

The EU consuls fall victim to Israeli NGo’s, who present themselvs as patriotic Israelis, while manipulating consuls to join them in opposing Israeli policies that they oppose.

Do not point a finger at the EU.

Blame the government of Israel, which will not defend a patriotic policy – to return the people of Israel to their homeland.

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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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. David- seems like we have been fighting an evil incideous force within our people since our biblical beginnings. And that we may lose this 3rd commonwealth at the rate we are going. NGO’s leftists,anarchists, etc really spoil the broth ,but being an Israel Firster also lands us in trouble under another label. Getting our nation and our god under the same banner is no easy ,familiar or comfortable task;perhaps it really is in our maker’s hands;otherwise you can stay at my place.daib

  2. This parallels the fact that Israeli diplomats abroad, when interviewed on radio and TV, and when they are explicitly asked about the legality of the settlements, many times, are not willing even to begin and explain the legality of the settlements. Since 1993.

  3. Never a dull day in inner Israeli policy…. Such an apathy has triggered atrocities in our history. People are waiting for us to maintain what appeals to them: that Israel is a country which has got ball. Let’s prove it b 4 the Messiah comes…

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