Joan Garson, the President of New Israel Fund of Canada (together with her husband David Baskin), is a significant donor not just to New Israel Fund, but also to Sikkuy, an Israeli NGO which claims to “advance equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel.”
And Sikkuy is yet another anti-Israel organization. According to NGO Monitor, Sikkuy:
“has contributed to efforts to portray Israeli Arabs as an “indigenous minority” subject to “discrimination” by Israel. These themes are part of a wider political campaign seeking to delegitimize the recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.”
- In the introduction to Sikkuy’s 2009 “Equality Index,” co-executive directors Ali Haider and Ron Gerlitz make the false claim that Israeli Arabs are protected by “international law concerning the rights of indigenous peoples according to which an indigenous national group must be granted individual and group rights and has a right to live in its homeland together with all the citizens under a genuine egalitarian democratic regime.” (Beyond the labeling of Israeli Arabs as “indigenous,” the legal claim is unsupported.)
- The introduction to the 2009 document also makes shrill, unfounded allegations about “fears for the democratic regime” in Israel, and suggests that “morality,” “values,” and “democracy” are not part of Israeli “politics and the political discourse.” This rhetoric is a central component of contemporary delegitimization campaigns and attempts to manipulate the Israeli democratic process. An op-ed by Ali Haider in Ha’aretz was headlined “The cry of a persecuted minority” (October 4, 2009) and makes the blanket allegation of Israeli racism as part of the wider campaign of demonization.
- Ali Haider, “The Spread of Violence…Reasons and Implications,” Dugrinet, December 12, 2012) accuses Israel of “racism” and identifies the Israeli government as one of the main reasons for violence within Israeli Arab society.
- Ali Haider, “Racism and Hate in the Center of the Consensus,” Walla News, January 30, 2013) claims that “[t]he phenomena of racism, hatred, exclusion, and contempt have become household terms in Israeli society.”
Helping New Israel Fund Canada harms Israel.
As an aside, it is interesting to learn that the CEO of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), Yossi Beinart is a board member of the New Israel Fund. While he calls himself Yossef Beinart it is fascinating that the head of start-up nation’s stock exchange is so involved with an organization that advocates boycotts against Israel.
More information on that will follow this week – but how can it not be a conflict of interest for the CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to support an organization that boycotts Israel?
Are the companies on the TASE aware of his position? They should be made aware – and we intend to ensure they will be this week.
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