If you are following this space, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the involvement and donations of Alisa Doctoroff, UJA-Federation President, to the New Israel Fund, which supports BDS and other unrelated anti-Israel activities.
Among Jewish leadership, sadly, she is not alone. The Leichtag Foundation in San Diego are prominent donors to the New Israel Fund. Jim Farley, chairman, and Charlene Seidle, executive vice president, of the Leichtag Foundation are executives of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego. Seidle is chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Foundation, and previously claimed when her Anti-Israel donations were outed that “this involves the prerogative of a private foundation making determinations on best use of its resources. We are confident that our grant to the New Israel Fund was in line with our strategies and objectives and feel the money was well-spent.”
It is our prerogative to out her as a danger to Israel and the Jewish people.
Elaine Reuben, a board member of the The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, which “develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects and public engagement” is yet another big donor to New Israel Fund, according to their annual report. Perhaps she has a sympathizer in Brandeis University professor of politics Donald Hindley, who, a few months ago, according to Daniel Mael of Truth Revolt, “likened an on-campus event explaining the issues with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to Germany in the late 1930’s “with everyone at least a Nazi sympathizer.”
While some at Brandeis struggle against BDS, there is at least one prominent board member who donates to an organization that supports BDS.
Then, of course there is Upper West Side-based “Mechon Hadar,” an educational institution that empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. The fact that Alisa Doctoroff serves on their board gives cause for concern, as she funds NIF. Does Mechon Hadar have a position on a board member of theirs supporting an NIF-related organization?
And unfortunately, there are so many more to be named. And when one asks why do we shame them? Because of them, Israeli soldiers die. Because of these terrible, traitorous American Jews, Israel suffers more and more.
They deserve the scarlet letter of shame – including The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Barbara & Eric Dobkin, Paul & Joanne Egerman, the Lois & Richard England Family Foundation, Sylvia Sabel & Joel Rubinstein – if you stand against BDS, remember those names.
If you stand against boycotts and a double standard of Israel, so remember these people also hurt Israel and fund NIF: Phyllis K. Friedman, Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund, Joel & Julia Greenblatt, Stephen Gunther &Linda Essakow and many others.
And if you are unsure, read these words from 2010 Wikileaks, summarizing meetings between U.S. officials and leaders of the New Israel Fund, courtesy of Noah Pollack in Commentary:
“In one cable, we learn that leaders of these groups have been telling U.S. officials the Israeli legal system is incapable of investigating claims against the Israeli government and military. In fact, Israel’s judiciary, both civil and military, is among the world’s most independent, and the former president of Israel’s High Court was cited by President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, as a significant role model. Yet advancing claims of judicial indifference to war crimes has become a central ambition of the NGOs, because establishing Israel’s supposed inability to investigate itself would open the door to international prosecutions where verdicts against Israel are foreordained. The credible prospect of such prosecutions would paralyze the IDF — which is exactly the point:
Limor Yehuda of ACRI argued that military police investigations could not resolve the main issues of how Israel conducted the military operation [Operation Cast Lead], including its targeting and policy decisions…she believed only international pressure could influence the GOI [Government of Israel] to create an independent investigation that could hold senior leadership accountable for alleged violations.
And here is Jessica Montell, the head of B’Tselem:
She wanted the highest level decision-makers held accountable for the decisions they made on how to prosecute the conflict, including Military Advocate General (MAG) Mandelblit…Her aim, she said, was to make Israel weigh world opinion and consider whether it could “afford another operation like this.”
What Montell means by that last sentence is frighteningly clear: she wants to create the conditions in which “world opinion” can prevent the IDF from defending Israelis from attack.
Then there is a cable about a draft Knesset bill (since extensively modified) that seeks greater transparency for foreign-funded NGOs:
B’Tselem Director Jessica Montell…estimated her 9 million NIS ($2.4 million) budget is 95 percent funded from abroad, mostly from European countries.
Here Montell is giving credence to what B’Tselem’s critics, such as NGO Monitor, have been saying for years: that the group is essentially an arm of European foreign policy, more interested in condemning Israel than in promoting human rights.
And then there’s the bombshell:
New Israel Fund (NIF) Associate Director in Israel Hedva Radovanitz, who manages grants to 350 NGOs totaling about 18 million dollars per year, [said] that the campaign against the NGOs was due to the “disappearance of the political left wing” in Israel and the lack of domestic constituency for the NGOs. She noted that when she headed ACRI’s Tel Aviv office, ACRI had 5,000 members, while today it has less than 800, and it was only able to muster about 5,000 people to its December human rights march by relying on the active staff of the 120 NGOs that participated.
She commented that she believed that in 100 years Israel would be majority Arab and that the disappearance of a Jewish state would not be the tragedy that Israelis fear since it would become more democratic. [Emphasis added]”
It seems the “New Israel” envisioned by NIF will not be a Jewish state. Has NIF made this clear to its American Jewish donors?
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