03 July 2009

New Israel Fund - oops?

The New Israel Fund (NIF) works to strengthen Israel's democracy and to promote freedom, justice and equality for all Israel's citizens.
This is what NIF site says. Admirable goals indeed. And then, as it appears, while pursuing these goals and spreading around significant amounts of monetary aid, NIF folks don't even take a minute for a breather. Or a second to say "oops". So someone else (Samuel Sokol and David Bedein) decided to help NIF with that oops:

American Jews fund anti-Israel organizations

One of such organizations is I’lam. The Middle East Forum recently commissioned a report on I’lam by the Center for Near East Policy Research which can be found online. A quote from this report:
I’lam and its staff members have promoted:
  • The notion of a massacre in Jenin during Israeli anti-terror operations in 2002.
  • The calumny that the recent incursion in Gaza was a massacre.
  • Comparisons between Nazis and IDF service personnel.
  • Unsubstantiated accusations of cold-blooded murder of journalists.
  • Accusations of Israeli security personnel acting as death squads while enforcing the law with the Israeli-Arab public
  • The Palestinian “Right of Return”.
  • Jerusalem’s status as an Arab cultural capital as well as a soon to be political capital by right as opposed to a Jewish capital
  • The Palestinian identity of Israeli-Arabs and the solidarity between Israeli-Arabs and the Hamas led Arabs of Gaza
  • The ideology that the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 was a disaster (Nakba)
  • The very idea of a Jewish state is racist.
  • The position that national service is illegitimate for Arab citizens of the state of Israel
  • Hamas as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
  • The replacement of Israel with a Palestinian state
  • Their right to express disloyalty to Israel and to demand their rights as citizens of Israel.
While there are many worthwhile Arab, Druze and Bedouin organization, NIF sometimes choose strange targets for their money. Surely they could do better?


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