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The NIF Funds Groups That Incite Palestinian Terror

avatar by Ronn Torossian, Hank Sheinkopf, and George Birnbaum

Four Bedouins were stabbed in Dimona. Photo: Screenshot.

A recent stabbing attack: Screenshot.

In recent weeks, Israeli and Palestinian Arabs have been carrying out terror attacks and arbitrarily murdering innocent Israeli civilians. Instead of categorically denouncing this terror, an extremist American Jewish organization, the New Israel Fund (NIF) blames the Israeli government and Israeli citizens for this violence.

The NIF disagrees with our claim. In response to our attacks on them, the organization recently declared, “Whoever tries to sully the NIF and say that we act against the State of Israel… this is a fallacy that lacks even a shred of truth.”

The facts tell a different story.

The New Israel Fund supports a boycott of Israel, and uses tax-exempt dollars in both the United States and Israel to fund groups that support and justify terrorism against Israel.

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To wit:

Social Television has received $239,480 in the past five years from the NIF (“Syncopa Community” in the NIF annual report.)

Last weekend, the organization published an item about a “victim” of Palestinian terrorism, without noting that the deceased was a terrorist who stabbed a 15-year-old boy and was shot fleeing the scene. They have published many similar stories over the past few weeks.

Adalah has received $1,874,656 from the NIF in the past six years. It has been telling the world that, “the Israeli police, backed by the courts, have been trying to prevent the legitimate protest of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel against the government’s policies by means of brutal and illegal acts.”

One of its commentators recently wrote: “The problem isn’t Arab protesters. The problem is that the Israeli public sees them as an enemy against which force must be used. The police use lethal force against Arab protesters not by chance, but because the police are part of the Jewish public and internalize its racism… This is the opinion held by the vast majority of people active in civil society, the political parties, and the members of the Follow Up Committee. We do not accept Israel’s ethnic constitutional foundations; instead we strive for a democratic state for all citizens.”

+972 Blog — an anti-Israel site that the NIF funds — has encouraged and justified violence and stabbings:

Here: “Yesterday I learned a nice quote attributed to Edward Said…’The underlying dimension in the Palestinian struggle throughout its history is the desire to be seen’… Jabbing a potato peeler into the stomach of an Israeli is not going to end the Occupation, but it guarantees a breakaway moment… So grab a potato peeler! I think that anyone who is not a complete introvert should be able to identify with this.”

And here: a controllable level of violence in Jerusalem is actually good for the right. The goal is to collect blood – blood that can be sold to the public as an appropriate national response, and this can certainly be achieved by shooting children.”

The Molad Institute, which received $1,171,000 from the NIF in 2012-2013, and an additional $300,00 in 2014 said: “These actions should be denounced, but cannot be called terror, because they are not being carried out for the sake of a political or ideological goal. These are acts of violence whose outcomes are tragic for the stabbed and the stabber, who is usually shot and killed… at a time when Abu Mazen and the Palestinian Authority are doing everything in their power to prevent it.”

Prominent American Jews give the NIF $30 million dollars a year. They must stop funding this organization.

Hank Sheinkopf, CEO of Sheinkopf Communications, is a leading political strategist who has worked on campaigns in four continents. His clients have included former President Bill Clinton.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of a top 20 US PR agency, and author of For Immediate Release.

George Birnbaum is a former chief of staff to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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