Report Accuses New Israel Fund of Leading NGOs Acting as ‘Foreign Agents’
A new report claiming that many Israeli NGOs are funded mainly by European governments and Palestinian foundations was released by Israeli social movement Im Tirtzu this week.
The “Foreign Agents Report” — issued by the self-described “extra-parliamentary movement that works to strengthen and advance the values of Zionism in Israel” – studies 20 organizations perceived by many in the Israeli public to be “left-wing” or championing “human-rights” and documents their activities during 2015.
The timing of the report’s release not only coincides with the end of the calendar year, but with a conference being held in New York today – jointly sponsored by the Haaretz newspaper and the US-based New Israel Fund (NIF) – at which an impressive line-up of Israeli, Palestinian and American officials are speaking.
According to Im Tirtzu, established after the Second Lebanon War in 2006 by Israeli intellectuals, students and IDF reservists, “The common denominator shared by the majority of these organizations… is the financial and operational backing provided by the NIF.”
Im Tirzu said at least fifteen organizations funded by the NIF are engaged in what it called anti-Israel activity.
Below are examples provided in the report:
HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual filed appeals against the destruction of the houses of 12 terrorists, including the murderer of the Henkins, the murderer of Malachi Rosenfeld, the murderers of Danny Gonen, the murderer of Yeshayahu Krishevsky, and the murderers of Aharon Banita-Bennett and Nehemia Lavi. The access road to Avnei Hefetz, for instance, where a husband and wife were severely injured in a shooting attack on December 9th, 2015, when terrorists opened fire on them from a moving car, was opened following an appeal by HaMoked. Recently, the Israeli Supreme Court turned down no less than seven appeals filed by HaMoked on behalf of terrorists. Appeals that aimed to prevent the destruction of the houses of truly murderous terrorists, among them the murderers of Danny Gonen, Malachi Rosenfeld and the couple Na’ama and Eitam Henkin. In 2014, HaMoked filed appeals against the destruction of the house of the murderer of Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi. This appeal was turned down as well.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL) worked on behalf of the hunger-striking terrorist Mohammad Allan, as well as on behalf of Khader Adnan. In addition, PHR-IL appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court to prevent the destruction of the terrorist who murdered Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi that took place in 2014.
Adalah, alongside the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, defended the terrorists Subhi Abu Khalifa and Shuruk Dawiyat, who stabbed Israeli civilians in Jerusalem. In addition, Adalah alongside the radical Palestinian organization Al Dameer represent the family of terrorist Fadi Alloun.
The cooperation between Adalah and Al Dameer (the head of which has participated in terrorist activity) can also be seen in their combined demands to investigate the death of the terrorist Muataz Awisat, among others.
Breaking the Silence provided 57 negative testimonies against IDF soldiers. The Palestinian foundation The Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, operating in Ramallah, noted in a report published in 2015 that it paid Breaking the Silence in order to bring them at least one negative testimony against the IDF. Breaking the Silence provided 57 testimonies.
Hamas admitted this past year that is used the Breaking the Silence report on Operation Protective Edge for the purposes of its warfare against Israel.
In 2015, the organization held at least 9 events around the world, whose purpose was to accuse the IDF of committing war crimes. Two of the events took place in Scotland. One was under the auspices of the anti-Israeli organization MAP (Medical Aid for Palestine). The other was for the radical anti-Israeli party SNP (Scottish National Party). Additional events took place in Zurich – Switzerland, Luxemburg, Madrid – Spain, three events in the United States, Holland, and more.
Adalah filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Al Midan Theater in Haifa, which presented the play “A Parallel Time” that deals with materials edited and inspired by the terrorist Walid Daka, one of the murderers of the kidnapped soldier Moshe Tamam.
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel is working on making it harder for Israeli security forces to interrogate terrorists.
The CEO of the organization, Yishai Menuhin, accuses the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israel Security Agency agents of forced recruitment of agents, preparing a targeted killings list, performing executions, and torture.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel accuses the IDF of intentionally firing on Palestinian medical teams and termed the wave of terror a “wave of protest.”