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Another Strike Against the New Israel Fund

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An IDF soldier overlooking a Hamas terror tunnel in Gaza in 2014. Photo: IDF.

Adalah — the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel recently filed a petition — on behalf of the father of a dead terrorist — against a senior Israeli military officer.

The petition, filed in the Israeli Supreme Court, demands that the court order the Israeli military to allow Palestinian search and rescue teams from Gaza to enter the “buffer zone.” The “buffer zone” is a security zone that helps protect against Palestinian attack tunnels that cross into Israeli territory.

Israel blew up the tunnel in question killing 12 terrorists — including the Palestinian man’s son. The Jewish state has said that it would not return the bodies of those killed without “progress on the issue of missing and captive Israelis.” Hamas is believed to be holding the bodies of at least five Israelis, including two soldiers.

Adalah’s petition is proof again of New Israel Fund organizations bucking the IDF. From 2008 to 2016, the New Israel Fund gave grants worth $2,043,697 to Adalah. According to NGO Monitor, Adalah publishes an online “Discriminatory Laws Database,” that claims to collect “text, analyses, and legal action for present and proposed discriminatory laws in Israel and the OPT [Occupied Palestinian Territories].” This deceptive list does not distinguish between laws and legislative proposals, and also refers to Zionism pejoratively.

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Time and time again, the New Israel Fund stands with terrorists against the State of Israel. Why would American Jewish donors and leaders — including David N. Myers of the Center for Jewish History — want to stand with the New Israel Fund?

George Birnbaum is an international political consultant, who formerly served as chief of staff for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 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.

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