David Bedein

German-financed brochure for right of return distributed during Rivlin’s visit to Germany

While Israel President Reuven Rivlin is on official trip in Germany this week, the Palestinian Authority distributes an updated brochure promoting the “right of return,” financed by the German government-funded Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

The brochure justifies claims of the descendants of Arab refugees from 1948 to return to the Arab villages that existed before 1948 war, which would supplant most of the population of Israel.

The PA widely distributes this brochure during the week of the Nakba – May 15, the date when Arab armies which invaded Israel on May 15, 1948, resulting in their defeat and in 500,000 to 750,000 Arabs leaving during the Israel War of Independence.

Five million descendants of Arab refugees from 1948 are now registered in western-funded “temporary” UNRWA refugee facilities in Gaza, Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, living there under the premise and promise of the ‘right of return’ to Arab villages that existed before 1948.

Our agency wrote about the previous edition of this German-funded brochure which was published ten years ago.

Will Israeli President Rivlin raise this issue during his visit to Germany?

Our agency has forwarded that question to President Rivlin’s spokesman who now accompanies him to Berlin during the visit.

About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at: