In November 2010, one of the largest American Jewish organizations asked in a press release, “If U.S. Jews knew truth – would they fund New Israel Fund?”
And now, in March 2015, they keep funding – and our pressure on donors will continue.
As the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) noted, “… the New Israel Fund (NIF), which for years has held itself out to be a liberal, pro-Israeli group righteously promoting the building up of civil society and aiding minorities in Israel, is a leading promoter of organizations that advocate boycotting, divesting from, and imposing sanctions upon, Israel (BDS). This undercuts any claim it might make to being a mainstream, liberal, pro-Israeli organization.”
As a reminder, “16 groups funded by the NIF provided 92% of the damning statements quoted from Israeli NGOs in the U.N. Goldstone Report on the December 2008-January 2009 hostilities in Gaza.” (Caroline Glick, ‘The NIF and the next war,’ Jerusalem Post, February 5, 2010)
ZOA’s National President said, “It is clearer than ever that the New Israel Fund pursues an anti-Israel, anti-Zionist agenda of funding and supporting numerous organizations that are working hard to demonize Israel in the international arena and also working diligently within Israel to hamper Israel’s ability to defend its citizens and even to maintain itself as a Jewish state. Now it is even clearer than before that NIF does not exclude from funding groups that work for boycotting, divesting from and promoting the imposition of sanctions upon Israel. It says explicitly that it will give to groups doing these things as long as BDS is not their principle focus or area of activism – something that will be cold comfort for Israel, which is battling a hostile campaign of delegitimization. Put simply, NIF has shown it is on the side of Israel’s delegitimizers, not Israel.
“NIF raises money from American Jewry to support Israeli causes but often directs its funds to groups and individuals hostile to Israel’s existence. If NIF were honestly a pro-Israel organization, it would exclude groups that seek to boycott, divest from or promote imposing sanctions upon, Israel.
“Unfortunately, NIF misleads many sincere, liberal supporters of Israel into thinking that, in supporting NIF, they are supporting Israel, but this isn’t true. American Jews need to be aware of the actual causes that the NIF have been lavishly funding for years and might want to reconsider their support in light of these revelations. Those that the NIF support frequently have a very different agenda from the goal of building up and strengthening Israel as a Jewish, democratic state.”
The Jewish Communal Fund, The Leichtag Foundation, Alisa Doctoroff, The Jim Joseph Foundation, Karen R. Adler: Stop Funding new Israel Fund!
As was reported in The Washington Post: “The New Israel Fund, for example, ran a panel at the conference on ‘Jewish extremism.’ Considering its Wikileaks public relations disaster: ‘A senior New Israel Fund officer [NIF] told a U.S. official in 2010 that the disappearance of the Jewish state would not be a tragedy, according to a document that was leaked by Wikileaks,’ and NIF’s activities in support of boycotts and de-legitimization campaigns, this all would be comical if it were not so grotesque.”
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