Why Are Grantees of the New Israel Fund Supporting Terrorists?
The New Israel Fund (NIF) — a radical American Jewish non-profit organization — continues to harm Israel on a regular basis. But the latest revelations about the NIF by Makor Rishon, an Israeli newspaper, are shocking.
An investigative report has revealed that Mourad Jadallah, an employee and field researcher for Yesh Din — an organization that has received more than $500,000 from the NIF in recent years — praises Palestinian terrorists and posts pictures of them.
Jadallah has praised “the engineer” Yahya Ayyash and senior Hamas member Hassan Salameh on Twitter, lauding them as “Palestinian legends” responsible for the murder of more than 150 Israelis. Jadallah uploaded photos of himself with Salah Hamouri, an East Jerusalem resident who served jail time in Israel for plotting to assassinate former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef.
The investigation revealed that Jadallah also worked for B’Tselem (another NIF grantee) and participated in the writing of a report published last year about the condition of Palestinian youths in East Jerusalem. Yet despite his support for terrorists, Jadallah remains employed by these so-called “human rights” organizations.
There is plenty of evidence of his radical views on social media — such as the one below:
In order to document the reality on the ground, organizations such as B’Tselem, Yesh Din, and Hamoked for the Defense of the Individual rely on Palestinian employees who work in the field. Is their support for terrorists acceptable to the New Israel Fund’s donors?
Dirar Abu Kteish, a video photographer in B’Tselem’s Public Outreach Department, published a Facebook post comparing Israel’s security leadership to the Nazis.
Abu Kteish shared the post — titled “Is this the rebirth of Nazism?” — featuring two photos on top of each other. The top photo shows Hitler and his military commanders examining maps and the bottom photo shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his advisors doing the same.
Makor Rishon further revealed that other B’Tselem employees have published video clips expressing support for the boycott against Israel.
Salma a-Deb’i, the organization’s Nablus district field researcher, wrote that there was no reason not to boycott Israeli products, which are “steeped in the blood of Palestinian children.” On another occasion, she wrote: “There are increasing calls from the settlers to embroil young Palestinians in contrived attempted stabbings. The settlers start to run, as if someone is chasing them, and then throw a knife on the ground near Palestinian youths and shout in Hebrew, ‘Look out, he has a knife.’”
Some of the Palestinian employees of these organizations also express solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. B’Tselem field researcher Iyad Hadad posted a photo of Palestinian security prisoner Mohammed Al’an, who was convicted of aiding and recruiting terrorists.
B’Tselem Camera Project Coordinator Rima Essa posted a picture on her Facebook page featuring Palestinian terrorist George Ibrahim Abdallah, who is serving time in a French prison for complicity in the 1982 assassination of Israeli diplomat Yacov Barsimantov in Paris, and in the murder of an American diplomat and the injury of another.
Yesh Din refused to answer questions on this subject, claiming, “Yesh Din does not lend a hand to Makor Rishon’s witch hunt against human rights organizations and the attempt to portray their work as illegitimate. We therefore have no intentions of relating to your question.” B’Tselem similarly refused to answer questions on this issue.
The old adage, “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are” is very applicable here. The New Israel Fund must demand the firing of these employees — and stop aiding the boycott of Israel.
Ronn Torossian is one of America’s top public relations professionals.