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New Israel Fund Grantees Continue to Accuse the IDF of War Crimes

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Israeli soldiers conduct a search for Palestinian terror suspects in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Dec. 10, 2018. Photo: Flash90.

Radical leftist Israeli organizations backed by the New Israel Fund continue to work against the interests of the Jewish state; now, some are actively promoting the prosecution of IDF officers and soldiers for “war crimes.”

Adalah, B’Tselem, and Yesh Din are cooperating with the UN Commission of Inquiry that is examining whether Israel is perpetrating war crimes in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, and East Jerusalem.

Last month, Yesh Din submitted a position paper to the commission, stating that Israel’s legal position, which justifies the use of live fire in Gaza, is in the realm of a “total fabrication,” and that the terror attacks by Arabs seeking to murder Israeli civilians and soldiers are not considered acts of war.

B’Tselem and Adalah also provided materials to the commission, which is due to publish its conclusions in March. An Adalah spokesperson told Haaretz that the organization is hoping for “the intervention of forces in the international community to bring about the accountability for the harm to the Palestinians.”

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The intense concern that these groups express regarding the insufficient prosecution of IDF soldiers for war crimes is starkly contrasted by their forgiving attitude towards Palestinian terrorism that kills Jews. In the position paper filed with the UN commission, Yesh Din levels harsh criticism at the Israeli Military Advocate General’s definition of stabbings and car rammings against civilians and soldiers as incidents of “genuine warfare.” According to Yesh Din, these are just “civilian incidents to which the normative response is law enforcement, not warfare.” Yesh Din also does not define the violent activities as terrorism, but rather as “attempts to cause harm.”

It is worth noting that the IDF is regarded as one of the most humane and moral armies in the world.

Adalah was also involved in encouraging the UN to open a different investigation against Israel. Adalah representative Soheir Asaad told a UN debate on the commission of inquiry that Adalah demanded not only the opening of an international inquiry, but also a promise that “the recommendations and results of the investigation be implemented so that Israel is not be able to evade the consequences of its actions, as it has done in the past.”

According to NGO Monitor, in the past decade the New Israel Fund has transferred $22 million to Adalah, B’Tselem, and Yesh Din. Is accusing Israel of war crimes, denying her right to self-defense, and enabling Hamas terrorists really what American Jewish donors to the New Israel Fund seek?

Ronn Torossian is one of the most well-respected public relations professionals in America. Under his leadership, 5WPR has grown into one of the 15 largest independent PR firms in the nation, with more than 150 professionals in the company’s headquarters in the iconic Helmsley Building in Manhattan.

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