The New Israel Fund Are Extremists – Read Our Reply To Their Statement
David Hochberg, Sally Gottesman, And Edith Everett Join UJA-Federation President Alisa Doctoroff In Harming Israel
The New Israel Fund issued a statement today which validated everything that the critics of the New Israel Fund (NIF) have been saying. While they refuted no facts, they simply smeared and called us names – showing that everything we said was accurate. Let us restate the facts: New Israel Fund – and their allies, including Alisa Doctoroff of UJA – support and endorse BDS, harass the Israel Defense Forces, and harm the Jewish State. They are a blight unto our community.
As Democratic political strategist Hank Sheinkopf noted in The Observer, “Those who stand with New Israel Fund are standing against Israel. To suggest otherwise is a lie. I urge anyone affiliated with the NIF to stop supporting this organization financially. The New Israel Fund must be ostracized by the Jewish community.”
As can be seen on the NIF website, Michael Sfard issued a statement a few hours ago saying that he “…was asked for a professional opinion regarding the Israeli justice system, on which he is expert, and to explain to the jury how Israeli law defines ‘security offences’ and ‘security prisoners.’ He provided that opinion, without in any way suggesting that there was or is any justification, legally or morally, for attacks on Israeli civilians. In fact, Mr. Sfard, when asked if suicide bombings were war crimes, said he thinks they are worse than war crimes and can be classified as crimes against humanity.” Wow – The New Israel Fund thinks suicide bombings are bad. How about throwing rocks? How about shooting rockets? Notice, Sfard did not deny testifying for the PLO – nor did the New Israel Fund deny that they support BDS, or that they collaborate with Palestinian enemies of Israel at the United Nations and worldwide. Clearly, this campaign to shame donors and expose the New Israel Fund must continue. Sfard’s friends at the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority were held liable for real acts of terror this week.
And we will continue to shame NIF donors. When most American Jews think of Jewish agencies, they think of social services, senior care, childcare, food and educational programs, or they think of support groups for various Israel causes. The New Israel Fund is none of that.
And what enables them is donors, and that is what makes the knowledge of UJA’s president’s ideologies so difficult to accept. Alisa Doctoroff heads UJA, perhaps the largest Jewish philanthropy organization in the world, representing the broadest spectrum of Jews from the Ultra Orthodox and Hasidic communities in Brooklyn to the marginally attached Jews living throughout New York. Yet Doctoroff is a big donor and major backer of the harmful agenda of the New Israel Fund. She also supports other extremist left-wing causes. Alisa Doctoroff uses her position at UJA to promote the NIF agenda and that is very wrong. WHY HAS THE UJA NOT FIRED THEIR PRESIDENT FOR SUPPORTING BDS?
Then there is Karen Adler, a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC-NY) in New York, and she is also a major funder of NIF. Karen R. Adler is also head of the Jewish Communal Fund. Doctoroff and Adler have been pushing JCRC, the presenter of the annual Celebrate Israel Parade, to permit the NIF to march up Fifth Avenue and laugh in the faces of the hundreds of thousands of Jews who come to cheer for Israel.
To be sure, the New Israel Fund supports some very virulently anti-Israel programs — Doctoroff and Adler are not alone.
Dr. Gabor T. Herman, is a pioneer in the field of computed tomography, an important medical diagnostic procedure. He is also an author of books on digital geometry and digital topology, 3D rendering in medicine and discrete tomography. He has written well over 100 research articles in various fields of science, medicine and engineering.
David Hochberg is another donor that may have had his good intentions twisted. This foundation has made many donations to various charities over the years, including to the independent film industry. The two largest grants that this foundation has given out are to the American Association of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the New Israel Fund (NIF).
Then there is Sally Gottesman, who describes herself as a “committed Jew,” supporting some Jewish groups and NIF. Gottesman founded and is the current president of The Eleemosynary Group, which consults various nonprofit organizations in New York City. Her true dedication to Israel has come into question because of her involvement with NIF, having previously served as the director of its New York branch, she continues back it today.
NIF granted almost $30 million to progressive NGOs and left-wing organizations in Israel. Most of that money was used to destabilize Israel. One organization, the Coalition of Women for Peace, received NIF money and then boycotted everything that had to do with Israel. Two other organizations provide support for alleged terrorist activity; Breaking the Silence accuses Israel of war crimes, and B’Tselem provides cameras to groups harassing Israeli soldiers.
NIF supports of the Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF), which has supported the abolishment of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. The HRDF’s executive director, Alma Biblesh, has spoken out against Israel as a Jewish homeland. The New Israel Fund has authorized grants of over $300,000 to this organization, in a curious reversal of their own stated goals. Is this the group that UJA’s president Doctoroff and JCRC’s Adler should be allowing to plow hateful agendas?
We continue on to expose the hate of The New Israel Fund. Those who help fund Israel’s enemies must be exposed.
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