Thursday, September 01, 2016

Should you support the New Israel Fund?

The New Israel Fund (NIF) claims to “protect human rights, champion social justice, and defend democracy... [and to] invest in hundreds of Israeli organizations whose work changes the equation on civil rights, on religious freedom, and on social justice” Sounds great, right?

What about Jewish identity, and the Jewish people’s right to self-determination? How does the NIF stand on those issues?

Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor reports that the NIF has for many years funded NGOs active in campaigns that portray Israel as a racist, apartheid state (demonization); undermine Israel’s right to exist (de-legitimization); accuse Israel of war crimes (lawfare); and promote boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), aimed at destroying Israel as a Jewish nation. NGO Monitor provides a list of about 25 NGOs that are active in these harmful campaigns, and hundreds of examples of their activities. These NGOs receive millions of dollars (about 20%) of NIF’s funds, and have done so for years.
Those NGOs are also funded by European governments and they collaborate with interests outside Israel in these demonization, de-legitimization, lawfare and BDS campaigns. The Observer recently reported that the NIF received funds from a George-Soros-funded NGO to promote Palestinian-Authority lawfare and BDS. Tower magazine also reports that NIF-funded NGOs …cooperate with international partners hostile to Israel... [focussing] primarily on international audiences …in France, Norway, Netherlands, the UK, and the U.S.”

We all have the right to express an opinion about Israeli policies. But only citizens of Israel have the democratic right, at the ballot box, to determine those policies, which will affect their well-being and their safety against daily mortal threats. NIF’s claim of defending democracy rings hollow while it funds NGOs attempting to undemocratically impose the will of foreign interests from outside the nation.

     Photo:: Facebook/BlackLivesMatter

NIF also promotes the notion that Israel’s Jewishness is at odds with its democratic character. Some NIF-funded NGOs advocate for dismantling Israel’s Jewishness, including replacing the flag and the national anthem, and promote the Palestinian “right of return,” which will demographically eliminate Jewish self-determination. One has drafted a constitution that would replace Israel’s Jewishness with a “democratic, bilingual, and multicultural” framework, and has also inserted allegations of Israeli discrimination into the US Black Lives Matter manifesto. Eminent Australian Jewish community leader, Isi Leibler, commented on revelations that an NIF associate director said that “in 100 years, Israel would be majority Arab and that the disappearance of the Jewish state would not be the tragedy that Israelis fear since it would become more democratic...” He suggested that she was in fact, rationalizing NIF funding of groups supporting the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state.

Isi Leibler, also said
The typical response of NIF officials to any criticism, and to the abundant evidence of its anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish activities, is to attack the critics and their sources. For example, the NIF has run paid advertisements claiming that “NGO Monitor is a mouthpiece for the extreme right.” In Australia their leaders have publicly accused critical individuals of "conspiracy theories and vilification" and "try[ing] to suck the oxygen out of Jewish life". I’ve been the target of such personal attacks on several occasions, including one instance in which an NIF Australia leader threatened legal action in an attempt to silence me.

NIF leaders have even maligned an entire Jewish community with accusations of "power structures that silence [young people]", "toxic McCarthyism within the Jewish community" and "protecting a narrow view of what it means to be pro-Israel" in an apparent attempt to engineer a mutiny of its misguided supporters against anyone who criticizes the NIF.
Typically, NIF officials have portrayed a recent controversy over an NIF-sponsored event in Western Australia as a communal dispute between “right-wing” and “left-wing”, between “conservative seniors” and disaffected “progressive” youth, or for/against “settlements”. This is not just untrue. It’s destructive to attempt to divide our Jewish community, which includes and welcomes a broad diversity political views, provided they promote Zionism and Judaism.

The NIF has also accused West Australian Jewish community newspaper, The Maccabean, of “censorship”, because it declined to accept an NIF advertisement. The Maccabean is an independent organization created for the benefit of the Jewish community and can choose with whom it will do business. I wouldn’t expect it to take advertisements from organizations opposed to kashrut or brit milah, nor from those that support BDS or any anti-Jewish or anti-Zionist campaigns. NIF is an organization that supports both anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish campaigns, so it’s not surprising that The Maccabean has declined its advertisement.
So, if you want to protect Jewish identity, and the Jewish people’s right to self-determination, should you support the NIF?

The answer is a clear: NO. If you care about Zionism and the continuity of Judaism, there are many, much-more constructive ways to promote those values.

Further reading:
NGO Monitor - New Israel Fund
Analysis of NIF 2015 Funding for 25 Political Advocacy NGOs
Analysis of New Israel Fund (NIF) Funding for Divisive Campaigns
NIF shares Soros’ anti-Zionist agenda, which they hide from their fellow Jews
NIF is Not a Pro-Israel Organization
New Israel Fund (NIF) Has Crossed the Line
NIF Funds Groups Attempting to Erase Israel’s Jewish Framework
NIF Funds Groups Campaigning to Equate Israel with Apartheid
NIF Funds Groups Aiding Goldstone and UN Demonization
NIF Funds Groups Promoting Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions
NIF Funds Groups Helping to Prosecute Israeli Officials Abroad
New Israel Fund Supports Groups that Hurt the Jewish State
NIF "Ethnic Cleansing" Rhetoric in Europe
New Israel Fund's Campaign of Subversion
The New Israel Fund, Dipping Its Toe Into the BDS Swamp
Jewish Groups Outraged at NIF BDS and Delegitimization
NIF’s War on Victims of Terror
Birthright Cuts Ties with NIF
The immense funding campaign behind the anti-Israel NIF
New Israel Fund Can’t Handle Debate
The two faces of the New Israel Fund
Stand Against the New Israel Fund
NIF Opposes Transparency Law
NIF Harms Israel in the UN
Adalah's Misleading Charges of Racism
Questions on Adalah, BDS and Movement for Black Lives Platform
Baladna Arab Youth Association
European-Funded and NIF-Funded NGOs That Promote the Nakba Narrative
Zochrot "Right of Return Event"- EU and NIF Funded Participants
NIF-Funded B'Tselem
B'Tselem - False Gaza War Allegations
NIF-Funded Bimkom
NIF-Funded Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtika)
Answers to Questions about Breaking the Silence and the NIF
NIF-Funded Combatants for Peace
NIF-Funded Emek Shave
NIF-Funded Gisha
Gisha's Tunnel Statements in Support of Hamas
HaMoked and B´Tselem´s Torture Allegations
Hamoked Funding
Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF)
NIF -Funded Israeli Social TV
NIF-Funded Ir Amim
NIF-Funded Machsom Watch: Political Agenda
Machsom Watch Reports Distorted by Political Bias
NIF-Funded Molad
NIF Funding for Molad: Violation of Guidelines
NIF-Funded Mossawa undermines existence of Israel
NIF -Funded Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality (NCF)
NIF-Funded Nine-Seven-Two (+972) Magazine
NIF-Funded Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
NIF-Funded Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I)
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel Gaza Mission
NIF-Funded Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR)
NIF-Funded Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF)
Behind the facade at Parents Circle
NIF-Funded Sadaka-Reut
NIF-Funded Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement
Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement calls for “liquidation” of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish National Fund
Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement Demonization
NIF-Funded Terrestrial Jerusalem
NIF-Funded Yesh Din
Yesh Din's Israel-bashing at the UN Security Council
Yesh Din's Lawfare Report
Stop the NIF


King of Morocco: ... Virgins in Paradise?

In an address directed toward Moroccans living abroad, Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, said that they should "always be among the first to defend peace, harmony, and coexistence in their countries of residence."

Calling the killing of a priest in his church "unforgivable," Mohammed VI said that the Jihadists are "led by ignorance" and are "destined to dwell in Hell for all eternity."

"Can anyone of sound mind believe that the reward for Jihad could be some virgins in Paradise?" he asked in the address, which was broadcast by Morocco's Channel 1 on August 20.

[Transcript translated to English] King Mohammed VI:

"My dear countrymen, the whole world is talking about the problem of immigration, and about the human tragedies suffered by the immigrants. This situation is exacerbated by the spread of terror and extremism, and the attempts to link it - rightly or not - to the immigrants, especially in Europe. In this context, I call upon the Moroccans living abroad to adhere to the values of their religion and to their age-old customs, in confronting this phenomenon, which is alien to them. I also encourage them to protect the good reputation for which they are known, to persevere in these difficult circumstances, and to unite in their ranks. I call upon them to be always among the first to defend peace, harmony, and coexistence in their countries of residence.

"We understand the difficult situation in which they live. They are suffering from the distortion of the image of Islam, as well as from the terrorist attacks, which have harvested the lives of so many of them. They suffer from reprisals, and from accusations leveled against them by some, because of their faith. Naturally, we strongly condemn the killing of innocent people. We believe that the killing of a monk is prohibited by the shari'a, and that killing him in a church is an unforgivable act of stupidity, because he is a human being and a cleric, even if he is not a Muslim. Islam has instructed us to be good to the People of the Book. Allah said: 'We make no distinction between any of His messengers.' Allah said: ' who believes in Allah, Judgement Day, the angels, the Quran, and the prophets.'

"The terrorists who operate in the name of Islam are not Muslims. They have nothing to do with Islam, and jump on the bandwagon in order to justify their crimes and stupid acts. They are people who have been led astray, and they are destined to dwell in Hell for all eternity. Led by their ignorance, they believe that what they do constitutes Jihad. When was Jihad ever about the killing of innocent people? Allah said: ' not transgress. Allah does not love the transgressors.' Is it conceivable that Allah, the Forgiver, the Compassionate, would order a person to blow himself up or to kill innocent people?! It should be noted that Islam prohibits suicide of any kind, regardless of the reasons. Allah said: '...whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption upon the land - it is as if he had killed all of Mankind.'

"Islam is a religion of peace. Allah said: 'Oh you who believe, enter Islam one and all.' Jihad in Islam is subject to specific conditions, including the condition that it must not be waged unless for the purpose of defense, and may never be waged for the purpose of killing or aggression. It is prohibited to kill people under the pretext of waging Jihad. Another condition of Jihad is that it must be declared by the Emir of the Believers - not by any individual or group. People who call for killing and aggression, who unjustly accuse people of heresy, and who interpret the Quran and the Sunna in a manner befitting their goals are attributing lies to Allah and His Messenger. This is the true heresy.


"They are exploiting some Muslim youth, especially in Europe. They are exploiting their ignorance of the Arabic language and of true Islam, in order to convey their erroneous messages and misleading promises. Can anyone of sound mind believe that the reward for Jihad could be some virgins in Paradise? Is it conceivable that anyone who listens to music will be swallowed by the Earth? And there are similar lies. The terrorists and extremists are using all possible means to persuade the youth to join them, and to strike at societies that bask in the values of liberty, openness, and tolerance.


"We are all being targeted. Anyone who believes in what I have said serves as a target for terrorism. Terrorism struck in Morocco in the past, and then it hits in Europe and many regions in the world. Given the spread of ignorance in the name of religion, everybody - Muslims, Christians, and Jews - must stand together in the fight against all types of extremism, against hatred, and against close-mindedness. The history of humanity is the best proof that it is impossible to achieve progress in any society suffering from extremism and hatred, because these are the main causes for the loss of security and stability. Human history abounds with successful examples, showing that cooperation and coexistence between religions give rise to open and modern societies, ruled by love, harmony, comfort, and prosperity. This was embodied in the Islamic culture, especially in Baghdad and Andalusia, which was one of the most progressive and open human societies."

Can the PA run a state and make peace?

From JCPA, by Pinhas Inbari:

[introduction only - follow the link to access the entire essay]

The Fragmented West Bank: The Whole Is Less than the Sum of Its Parts

The Palestinian Authority is failing to control extensive parts of the West Bank. As a result, some districts of the West Bank are developing in different directions, thereby accelerating the process of the PA’s disintegration.

In Hebron, for instance, the large clans of Mount Hebron have linked up with each other, reestablished the Tribal Council of Mount Hebron, and sent a delegation to Amman to express loyalty to the king of Jordan under the Jordanian flag.

Heads of Hebron University and University of Jordan sign agreement in Amman
Heads of Hebron University and University of Jordan sign agreement in Amman

In Ramallah, the PA’s de facto seat of government, Europe seeks to organize a phalanx of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as a political force. This effort is opposed by the PA, which wants the NGOs to be under its own rule. It was because of this pressure that former PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigned from the leadership of the key NGO Palestine of the Future.

Nablus, for its part, has gone into a tailspin of total anarchy. It is under the rule of gangs, with exchanges of gunfire in the heart of the city and attempts at political assassinations.

A gas delivery truck near Ramallah
A gas delivery truck near Ramallah with “don’t shoot” sign. 
How far have things deteriorated? (Pinhas Inbari)

Ramallah’s loss of control over the West Bank districts raises questions about its ability to run a state and play its part in ensuring not only Israel’s and Jordan’s security, as required by various agreements and the rules of conduct between neighboring states, but even its own security.

The tearing of the Palestinian political and social fabric will only increase as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas nears the end of his tenure.

The fragmented Palestinian West Bank will be a weaker entity than the weak states that collapsed in the Arab Spring. When the Palestinian entity collapses, the vacuum will be filled by the negative forces that have become the nightmare of the world.

Abbas is losing it

From The Gatestone Institute, 25 August 2016, by