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November 23, 2014 3:50 pm

American Jews Are Funding Anti-Israel Activities

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Ben Gurion University campus. Photo: Yehudit Garinkol.

On the Israeli political spectrum, there are positions that are out of the realm of acceptable values on both the extreme right and the extreme left.

As Israel has seen a new string of violent and deadly terror attacks, a Knesset Member from the extreme left-wing Meretz party, Tamar Zandberg, went to Kafr Kanna to show her solidarity with the terrorist who was killed while trying to stab Israeli police officers – Khair al-Din Hamdan. She proclaimed that the officers who defended themselves were “part of the policy of racist discrimination directed against the Arab minority in Israel, a policy directed and implemented from on high by the Prime Minister and his cabinet.” Similarly, The Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF) recently called Israel an “apartheid regime,” has made statements referring to Israel as “racist” and “murderous,” and has called for “dismantling the Israeli apartheid regime.” This organization received $332,625 in grants from the New Israel Fund (NIF) from 2011-2013.

Similarly, NIF-funded organizations contributed to the infamous Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of “war crimes” and caused Israel problems worldwide on so many levels. These organizations are once again working towards a similar report at the United Nations, which they hope to publish in the spring of 2015. No supporter of Israel can believe that funding anti-Israel reports in the UN – or funding an organization that calls for a dismantling of Israel – is acceptable.

Against this backdrop, the New York-based New Israel Fund website claims they  “…believe in an Israel where the Jewish people achieve self-determination in their homeland and where everyone participates in a shared and just society, predicated on the best values of Judaism, humanism and liberal democracy. Our ideals are equality, tolerance and social justice.” While many of their donors might support a two-state solution, they do not  support the dismantling of the State of Israel.

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While the NIF funds some worthwhile civil rights projects, the reality is that the NIF also issues grants to organizations that harm IDF troops and seek to undermine the essence of Israel as a Jewish state.

Undoubtedly, their donors are well-intentioned American Jews who wouldn’t ever go anywhere near calls to harm Israel. For example, Eric Dobkin and his wife Barbara Dobkin are  six-figure annual donors to the New Israel Fund. She is described as “the pre-eminent Jewish feminist philanthropist of the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first century. Her vision, dedication, generosity and financial commitment have contributed significantly to changing the landscape of Jewish women’s organizations and funding in both North America and Israel. Dobkin co-founded Ma’yan: The Jewish Women’s Project and has served as the chair of The Jewish Women’s Archive and the ten million dollar Hadassah Foundation.”

One of NIF’s largest donors, The Leichtag Foundation, is devoted to “..Igniting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life, advancing self-sufficiency and stimulating social entrepreneurship in coastal North San Diego County and Jerusalem.” They believe in”supporting renewal in Jerusalem and building connections between San Diego and Israel,” and this year hosted an event with Jerusalem’s mayor. The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund are proud donors to the Friends of Israel Defense Forces – yet give six figures to NIF. Another major donor, Bob Arnow, is “a founder and former Board Chairman of The Jewish Week, General Chairman of the UJA-Federation, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Governors of Ben-Gurion University, and Board Member of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.”

People involved with UJA, Hadassah, Ben-Gurion University, and the JTA would shirk in horror from NIF grantees who say Israel is a murderous nation. These are people on the list of NIF donors. Clearly these are people concerned about Judaism who wouldn’t partner with organizations that call for the dismantling of Israel – yet by funding the NIF, they do just that.

The New Israel Fund granted nearly $27 million last year – and while Israel is far from perfect, Jewish philanthropists cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that the NIF harms Israel.

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  • David Antipodes

    Really? They would “shirk in horror”? Torossian needs to go back to school to learn the language before he can credibly claim all the eminence he does in the communications field; but that’s something from which he probably SHRINKS in horror.

  • Pastor Bedoaya

    Thank You for Exposing The Black Sheep’s Of Our Tribe.

  • Julian Clovelley

    Some would argue that it is largely American money that funds the greatest danger that Israel faces – the destructive internal creed of Zionism

    Israel to function must have the right, and the power, to work towards its own identity. The 1947 Partition was not a permanent approval of a monocultural Jewish State. It is Zionism that has turned a homeland into a target.

    Israel could be the world’s great example of reconciliation between muslims and non muslims, Jews and non Jews. It could be the nation that most recognises the oneness of people, the unity of humanity, the power of reconciliation

    if the people of Israel – Arab, Christian, Jew, Druze, Secular, whatever faith or lack of faith they hold, could work together to create a new Israeli multicultural identity, and together to work towards reform of the relationship between religion and the modern world, then Judaism would give the world the great gift that is buried within it – a gift that exists in all religions, and in all people secular and religious – that quality we call “humanity”

    Funding ideological and religious monoculturalism curses the recipient. The money is most needed in those projects that seek to bring people together – to help them overcome differences arising from inheritance, from the environment of their birth – not in cults of separatism and difference, based on selected mythologies

    As a monocultural state, Israel will never be secure, and its own streets will never be safe. With a monocultural state it is likely the Occupation and Settlement of the land of another nation(sic) will continue. Like it or not Palestine will become an internationally recognised State ,and the Geneva Conventions and international Law will unquestionably be applied. A Palestine that recognises the International Criminal Court, will be able to call for prosecution of individual behaviour within its borders.

    The process that began with the Balfour Declaration has run its course. It is time to move on. History will make its own evaluations of the Zionist era – both the good and the bad

    But to continue funding segregation and division – to continue funding the path to an Apartheid State – that is a greater error than even the questionable funding articles like these point to. Eventually mankind will be reconciled to create a greater humanity – The alternate choice will be its reduction to a state of savage barbarism or even extinction – as Buckminster Fuller put it “Utopia or Oblivion”

  • CSBG

    All of these large donors should be keeping track of the grants and awardees and their activities, themselves. A letter has to go to them explaining exactly what is happening.
    They have the option of withdrawing their funds, and/or, getting rid of those making the decisions on grantees. There is not one excuse for their negligence, frankly. They have the ability to correct these outrageous actions and rhetoric. Otherwise, it is their legacies in history in perpetuety in Jewish contexts as well in the non-Jewish records. Is that what they want?

  • Confused

    Can you write an article on the below one too? If true, these things should NOT be allowed in the Holy land and the root cause needs to be investigated!

    http://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/lasha-darkmoon-tel-aviv-city-of-a-thousand-thrills/

  • dante

    perhaps, some readers thought that there is a necessary connection between wealth and wisdom (or, even, intelligence). this article just touched the subject but it, nevertheless, has demolished the thesis that because one has money s/he is wise. additional evidence can be found in the list of supporters of Israel who support npr.

  • esther noodelman

    HOW ABOUT SUGGESTING THAT THE NEW ISRAEL FUND DO SOMETHING OUT OF THE BOX AND PROVE THAT WE ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER AND TZEDEK TZEDEK TIRDOF(JUSTICE,JUSTICE SHALL YOU PURSUE.? WITH THEIR EXCELLENT ORGANIZATIONAL ABILITIES,HOW ABOUT ORGANIZING A WORLD-WIDE EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE THE AMERICAN STAIN OF ANTISEMITISM BY RELEASING 2 VERY SICK JEWS WHO HAVE MORE THAN PAID THEIR TIME AND BOTH ARE VERY ILKL: JONATHAN POLLARD WHO IS NOW IN HIS 30TH YEAR AND CRITICALLY ILL IN BUTNER,NORTH CAROLINA.AMERICA DID HIM IN.HE PASSED ON INFO OF ARAB ARMIES BUILDING CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO DESTROY ISRAEL,& AS A NAVAL OFFICEWR WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THAT THIS OINFO WAS WITHHELD FROM A VERY GOOD ALLY.THE U.S.,AFTER MANY LIE DETECTOR TESTS,AGREED TO A PLEA BARGAIN,WHICH CASPAR WEINBERGER THEN GAVE THE JUDGE A LETTER SAYING POLLARD WAS A TRAITOR & MUST BE GIVEN THE HARSHEST SENTENCE.IRWIN COTLER & DERSHOWITZ SAY HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED.THE US REFUSES TO RELEASE THIS VEWRY SICK JEW! ALAN GROSS WENT TO CUBA WITH U.S.PERMISSION TO INSTALL COMMUNICATION SATELLITE FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY.HE IS VERY ILL,HAS LOST 100 LBS.& TYHE US REFUSES TO RELEASE HIM FROM PRISON.WITH YOUR CONNECTIONS IN HIGH PLACES,PLEASE,PLEASE GET THESE 2 JEWISH MEN RELEASED IMMEDIATELY.THESE ARE 2 MORE ROSENBERG STORIES.PROVE TO US THAT YOU CAN HELP YOUR BROTHERS GET RELESED.THE LAST JEW,OSTREICHER,WHO WAS ALSO IN A HORRIBLE PRISON IN VENEZEUELA,I BELIEVE.THEY GOT SEAN PENN TO GO WITH SENATOR SMITH OF NEW JERSEY IN A PRIVATE HEARING AND SPOKE BEFORE THE SENATE,AFTER OSTRICHER TOLD SHAWN PENN & SMITH THE STORY. THE SENATE GOT HIM RELEASED BY PRESSURING OBAMA.SEAN PENN WON’T CHARGE A MILLION$ & YOUR NIF WOULD PROVE TO All of us that you are younger,& MORE CAPABLE THAN THE OLD SCHOOL.GO FOR IT &MAKE US ALL PROUD!WE’RE COUNTING ON YOU!

    • Bert

      Thank you for reminding us about the forgotten Jews which are ignored in favor of helping our enemies. Is it only Jews who suffer from the Oslo Syndrome, i.e. Delusions of a People Under Siege? See http://www.oslosyndrome.com and the book of that name by Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. Kenneth Levin. This illness is of long standing and continues to contribute to Jewish suffering and even deaths. Many of us recognize this problem but there is still no serious effort to deal with it.

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