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January 26, 2015 11:23 pm

Charging Israel With War Crimes is a New Israel Fund Endeavor

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris that was attacked on Friday by an Islamist terrorist. Photo: JJ Georges via Wikimedia Commons.

If recent events in Paris were not the eye-opener for those on the ultra-Left who still believe that the rampant antisemitism in Europe is an anomaly inspired by the actions of Israel, I am afraid more harm will be coming.

The new working definition of antisemitism, by the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), includes “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis,” and “holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.”

While it should be acceptable to criticize Israeli policy without being considered anti-Jewish, the lines are no longer so clear, and anti-Jewish and anti-Israel are often one and the same.

Historian Simon Schama said: “It used to be the Zionists that were the problem. Now it’s the ‘Jews.'”

The Islamist Parisian who killed Jews in the kosher supermarket said that he targeted the kosher store so as to kill the highest number of Jews that he could. Now the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague is investigating Israel for “war crimes” during a conflict motivated by Israeli self-defense. This effort is being spearheaded by the Palestinians, who are applying to the ICC for membership.

Needless to say, this is a dangerous time for Jews around the world. Radical Islam has made it clear that its agenda is to kill as many Jews as possible, and to eliminate Israel. Yet, there are those hopefuls who maintain that it is the fault of the Jews for all that ails Islam. They believe that if Jews would only act correctly, whatever that means, there would be no war, no poverty, and no joblessness and hopelessness among the Muslims – and all would be serene.

What is scary is that some of these hopefuls are Jews themselves, and are connected to an organization called the New Israel Fund – a cleverly devised name to fool the naïve and well-intended into donating money towards Israel’s detriment.

The New Israel Fund, or NIF, is a chief funder of many of the actions and organizations that seek to see Israel criminalized in world courts, to promote the downfall of Israel’s economy, and to usher in a state of Palestine absent any considerable Jewish presence. So how do they do it, and what keeps them going?

New Israel Fund is a fund aggregator that draws money under the guise of being pro-Israel, and metes it out to sub-organizations that have very real anti-Israel agendas. They make no attempts to hide it either.

B’tselem, for example, is a major grantee of the NIF – and it vigorously works to shame the IDF and its soldiers in the world media.

Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtika) is now engaging in an “investigation” into Israel’s actions in Gaza, with the hope of seeing the ICC file formal charges against Israeli leaders.

Then there is Adalah, which sends missionaries around the globe, instructing them on local and international methods of charging various Israeli government entities with any number of crimes and violations – so that Israel gets tied up in minor legal battles around the world, thus distracting personnel and freezing up money.

NIF also claims to be against attempts to boycott Israel, but among its very active grantees are groups such as the Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF,) which spends a good deal of its resources pushing Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) initiatives on American college campuses and in corporate circles.

The brutal and bloody hacking to death of Jews in an Israeli synagogue did not stir too many people outside of Israel, but the brutal killing of an entire newspaper staff in Paris did. Those Jews who died in the Paris kosher supermarket were mourned by the world because their deaths were tied to the deaths of the Charlie Hebdo staff, and then people cared.

The New Israel Fund is funded by American Jewish foundations, including The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation. Given their other support patterns, they likely do not know how the NIF works to undermine Israel.

Sally Gottesman is another example. She gives to the NIF’s initiatives for women, but would probably give directly to her causes if she were aware of the NIF’s duplicitous nature. The same can be said of Dr. Gabor T. Herman.

Yet there are other donors, such as the Juliane M. Heyman 2008 Charitable Remainder Unitrust. Its donations to other organizations are relatively small, making its donation to the NIF uncharacteristically large. The managers of this fund might be in full support of anti-Israel messaging, knowing full-well just where the money is going.

The New Israel Fund and its many grantees hurt Israel. There is no two ways about it, and given the times we are living in, Israel and Jews have enough on our plates without having to worry about deep cuts from within.

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  • z

    Holographic CIA propaganda nonsense sponsored by the CIA-installed Israeli gov mafia, to give it political cover for doing nothing of substance to protect Israelis from Vatican/CIA sponsored predation. People should long ago have taken matters in their own hands, to personally see an end to the constant predation and predators that plague them. Relying on the CIA-installed Israeli gov mafia is a losing proposition.

  • Since two years I am actively fighting the NIF and its AgitProp arm, Shatil. Its is difficult, because they managed to have respectable people, many lawyers, bankers academics on board. Mainly Jews, but regarding Israel politically naive, the prototypes of self hating Jews.

    Wherever possible I am promoting the book by Edwin Black, and the website “žBuilding the Zionist Dream”, , the Organization fighting BDS.
    Until now we all are to soft against the NIF. It would help, if we organize and do the very same their Palestinian friends are doing against Israel: we must ostracize them, socially, financially and academically.
    I am demanding this in my website, under my own name. Together with an important word of Caroline Glick:

    “Zionism is the Jewish national liberation movement, and Israel is the national home of the Jewish people. To be an anti-Zionist is to reject the right of the Jewish people to freedom. To be anti-Israel is to be anti-Jewish. And a Jewish group cannot support an anti-Jewish group without losing its meaning, and betraying the Jewish people.”

    Shabbat Shalom.

    • Richard Waite

      I always believed that once you form a nation state, you are subject to the same criticisms as every other nation state. I believe criticizing Israeli policies should not be considered an anti-Semitic act. Antisemitism is so abhorrent that associating it with legitimate criticism of a nation state is tantamount to stifling of proper democratic dialogue. It is very similar to American jingoistic behaviours whereby any criticism of America is treated as disloyal to the country.

  • BH in Iowa

    Everyone must be vigilant in ensuring their Federation dues are not being funneled to the No Israel Fund.

  • victoria brandeis

    i can’t imagine a writer with issues against his own she even have space

  • Many countries including the U.S. and Israel are not signers to the ICC and therefore, there may have a hard time in jurisdictional issues.

    Israel has a huge portfolio of criminal charges and war crimes by the Palestinian Leadership, Hamas and its ilk.

    If the ICC is fair Israel does not have to worry, if not does it matter.

    Israel’s duty and obligation is to defend its citizens at all costs.
    The world was not there when over 6 million Jews were exterminated, nor when the Arabs expelled over a million Jewish people, men, women and children. Many of them died during the expulsion. Did any world country care. Nothing has changed.
    If I am not for myself who is.
    How many innocent civilians are being killed while the U.S. and its allies are bombing ISIS non-stop. Is the ICC going to conduct a hearing against them?
    YJ Draiman

    • TheAZCowBoy

      You sound just like a gangster…

      Well, you Torah ‘Demons’ are gangsters, aren’t you?

    • Mark_NYC

      Unfortunately, what the ICC rules does matter since it can then be used to potentially impose sanctions on Israel, hurting their economy. For a small country whose GDP depends on foreign trade, such actions can be very damaging. That’s why the Israeli government is so concerned about the situation, and is prepared to take strong actions to counter it. And it was the plan of Abbas and his henchman to force this situation for their own advantage. Much as we would like, Israel is not a completely free agent in this world, and has to constantly be sensitive to world opinion while protecting its vital interests.

  • Reform School

    Everyone must know ‘ButtSellem’ and ‘Breaking the Silence’ (to name two) are full of B.S.!

    • Yes, among others, “Btselem” and “Braking the silence” and unfortunately some US NGOs such as JStreet, JCall, are slandering Israel and I consider them as selfhating Jews.

      They cause damage to Israel and to Jews.

  • Pinchas Baram

    Tachlis, Ron– what do you suggest be done? Here are some of my suggestions: let’s find out where Juliane, and Gabor, and Sally, and Jacob and Hilda, or their kinderlach if they the parents are deceased, and via the ZOA, Betar, Kahane Chai or the remnants of the JDL or others, organize DEMONSTRATIONS ON THE LAWNS OF THEIR FANCY HOMES and SHAME them with the facts that they are funding the enemies of Israel!