The New Israel Fund Supports Groups That Endanger Israel; Jews Should Stop Giving It Money
In the last few weeks, the state of Israel has been under relentless attack from Palestinian Arab terrorists. Nearly the entire country is united in the belief that the Jewish state must fight back against terror. Those outside of this broad spectrum of support include the New Israel Fund and the extremist organizations they champion.
Rabbi Arik Ascherman, the head of “Rabbis For Human Rights” (RHR), is mobilizing people to participate in Palestinian provocations against the IDF and Israel. He says he is looking for “volunteers willing to put themselves in dangerous situations.”
Ascherman – who has previously been accused of raising funds for the PLO – is an anti-Israel leader. Yet between 2008 and 2014, the New Israel Fund authorized grants worth $1,206,361 to RHR.
RHR also produced a film in 2013, “Fiddler with no Roof,” comparing Israel’s plan to resettle unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev to the expulsion of Jews by czarist Russia. In 2010, the group accused Israel of “foul and discriminatory policies against Palestinians,” and of “forcing Palestinians to live in a completely separate universe where time has stood still, and prevents them from properly planning their most basic needs and infrastructure.”
The New Israel Fund backs other groups that try to inhibit Israel’s right to self-defense.
When will the American Jewish community demand the ouster of Alisa Doctoroff, president of the UJA-Federation, who proudly personally finances the New Israel Fund? When will Karen R. Adler of the Jewish Communal Fund be removed from her position, due to her support for the New Israel Fund? When will American Jewish philanthropists — from the Leichtag Foundation to the Lopatin Family Foundation, Eric Dobkin to Sally Gottesman, Edith Everett to the David Hochberg Foundation — stop funding this group?