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The New Israel Fund Is Backing Groups That Support Palestinian Terror

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From the Facebook page "Palestine Belongs to Palestinians!"

From the Facebook page “Palestine Belongs to Palestinians!”

The New Israel Fund (NIF) — an extremist American-Jewish organization — issued a statement last week about the recent escalation of violence by Palestinians.

It read:

We are witnessing a grave escalation of violence in Israel and in the occupied territories, starting with individual attacks and now progressing to acts of revenge and confrontation … When Palestinians have no hope for an end to forty-eight years of occupation, the waves of individual and collective violence will most likely continue. Therefore, despite the pain of the past few weeks, the Israeli government’s most urgent task is to work towards promoting a diplomatic solution of the core issues of the conflict. Neither repression of protest nor boycotts of Israel’s Arab minority nor collective punishment will result in greater peace and safety…

The organization is basically saying that while terrorism is wrong, Israel is asking for it.

The New Israel Fund has invested millions of Jewish-American dollars in Arab NGOs in Israel.  Was this money not provided with the hope — even the expectation — of building a stronger and more moral Arab society? What happened to that investment? Why is no Arab NGO that the New Israel Fund supports condemning the terror? We hear plenty about NIF organizations practicing “lawfare” against Israel, fighting for the rights of Arab terrorists, weakening the IDF and more — where are the calls from the Arabs funded by the NIF for peaceful co-existence?

Where are the voices of NIF supporters — like UJA President Alisa Doctoroff or Joel Rubinstein, who promote the NIF as “guardians of democracy” — calling on their Arab brethren to make peace with Israel? Maybe the Fohs Foundation, which supports NIF’s work with Israeli-Arab organizations, can elicit some words of calm from Arab groups? I won’t hold my breath.

Even worse is the fact that NIF’s Facebook page highlights Ir Amim, an organization that is urging people with a “friend or contact in East Jerusalem” to “…pick up the telephone, send an email, to ask what’s happening and to give a word of support.”

The New Israel Fund only finds fault with Israel, and continues to support efforts to weaken the Jewish state. We must stop funding it.

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