Saturday, June 30, 2012

Behind The News, Some Truth From Israel

If, I'm not mistaken, I first met up with David Bedein the founder and director of Israel Behind The News when my husband and I were pretty new to Shiloh and had become the local "media stars."  David would show up with reporters, journalists, diplomats and foreign politicians from all over the world and all sorts of publications. 

I used to joke around that in contrast to me and my husband who naively foolishly considered it sufficient "payment" to be mentioned without too many distortions in the articles, David was the "hasbara* hustler," because he very rightly considered all of his hard work with those journalists and other important visitors to be a job/business and an important one.

Now, over thirty years later, I rarely hear from journalists nor diplomats and try to influence and get my opinion across by blogging.  But David Bedein hasn't stopped his work with the foreign media and international diplomats and more.  He runs a very serious and important service.  For example, here are some of the articles on his site:
  1. Foreign Military Aid To The Palestinian Authority
  2. UNRWA: The United Nations Relief And Works Agency
  3. Critiques Of The Palestinian Authority
  4. The Israeli Arab Community
  5. Israelis Evicted From Their Homes, Summer 2005
  6. Media Relations
  7. Podcast, from November 2010 until January 2012
  8. Tayar Security Reports
And more...
A Candid Moment with a Journalist
Morsi Is Israel's Nightmare, But The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow
How Many Refugees?
It's not too late for all of us to join with him:
  • Become a part of an effort that dispatches TV crews to film UNRWA "education", which inculcates the next generation to destroy Israel and promote the supposed “right of return” to Israel (inside the “Green Line”) for the Arab refugees from 1948
  • Become a part of an effort that screens the results in the Knesset, the US Congress, and the Canadian Parliament
  • Become a part of an effort which demands that funds to UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority be conditioned on the cessation of such "education"
  • Become a part of an effort that questions whether Israel should allow the US and Canada and the EU to train PLO armed forces which can turn in Israel at any moment.

Honestly I think it's important.  It's not enough to kvetch, rant and blog from the sidelines.  Contact David to see how you, too can help, join his very professional efforts.

Israel Resource News Agency
POB 71098
Beit Agron International Press Center
37 Hillel Street
Jerusalem 94581 Israel
Tel. (+972-2) 623 6368 or
cell phone (+972-54) 722-2661
David Bedein, Bureau Chief

*hasbara- Hebrew for information

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