New Israel Fund under fresh attack


By Simon Rocker
February 8, 2010
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A second front has been opened against the New Israel Fund, the progressive philanthropic organisation.
NIF has already been under fire in Israel for funding organisations whose critical comments on the IDF’s conduct in last year’s Gaza operation were included in the controversial Goldstone report.
Now an article in the latest English-language edition of the strictly Orthodox newspaper, Hamodia, lays into the group for fostering pluralism in Israel.
Headlined “CIA Funding the Battle Against Chareidi Jewry”, it says that a main sponsor of NIF is the Ford Foundation and that most of the Ford Foundation’s money comes from the CIA.
NIF’s platform, the author A. Pe’er says, is “to transform Israel into a more pluralistic, left-wing society – regardless of the desire of Israel’s majority”.
The organisation is accused of trying to “poison” the minds of children against “traditional Yiddishkeit” and supporting attempts to recruit them to “alternative secular yeshivot”.
NIF is "spending many of the millions it received from the Ford Foundation and other groups, so that Israel's secular will receive greater funding than the Orthodox..."

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Avraham Reiss

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 20:25

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Simon Rocker is either intentionally hiding from us relevant facts, or he is unaware of them (because maybe he doesn't read Hebrew?). That second possibility refers to an article in the Hebrew newspaper Maariv on this subject. (The article can be viewed at )

In the article dated 30/1/2010, headed "Our Contributions to the materials of which the Goldstone Report is Comprised", Ben Caspit informs us that 92% of the negative quotes in the Goldstone report came from 16 Israeli organizations, most of whom are supported very substantially by the NIF.
Caspit (lists all the 16 in his article, one or two are Arab, most of the rest are Israeli extreme-left.

As is Naomi Hazan, President of the NIF. She was in the past a member of Knesset in the extreme-left and extremely anti-religious party Meretz, which was brought down to its natural size by the general electorate. Haaretz (5/2/2010) reports her reply on this matter as saying she is proud of her "activities for democracy".


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 20:26

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Mr Reiss, I wonder if you are as indignant about the foreign funders of the West Bank Israeli colonies, like Moskowitz and the swivel-eyed Christian "Zionists".


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 20:26

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Mr Reiss, I wonder if you are as indignant about the foreign funders of the West Bank Israeli colonies, like Moskowitz and the swivel-eyed Christian "Zionists".


Avraham Reiss

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 20:28

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In the preceding article my url pointing to the Maariv article was deleted by the Blog software. Hebrew speakers can find it by Googling (as I did) on relevant keywords.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 20:32

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Reiss, spell my name correctly, it's easy to copy, I can say what I want. Israel is allegedly the state for all Jews (ain't that what your Bibi is demanding of the Palestinians?), not just those who agree to its drift to the far right and messianic swivel-eyed fundamentalism.


Avraham Reiss

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 20:36

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zafarti, you're not one of them, since you became a reject. And stop sending each message twice - the first time was too much already ....


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 21:04

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Reis, I can't help the technical glitches, and you can't help being an anti-Zionist (one who is against Israel being a Jewish democracy).


Avraham Reiss

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 21:29

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zafarti, you ran away from (or were kicked out of) Israel, I live here, and I'M the "anti-Zionist"? very funny.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 21:51

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Yes, reiz, you are the anti-Zionist because you want an autocratic, fascistic state, not a Jewish democracy.


Avraham Reiss

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 22:21

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zafarti: where exactly did I write such words, reject?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 23:27

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Herr Reiz, your whole writing depicts yourself as an anti-Zionist who wants Israel to be an autocratic, exclusionist state only for those who agree with your extreme right wing views. That means the death of the Zionist dream of a democratic Jewish state and of Zionism. You be the reject. From Zionism.


Ben Abuyah

Tue, 02/09/2010 - 00:04

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Simon Rocker quoted the following headline from HaModia:

"CIF Funding the Battle Against Chareidi Jewry"

Is this a Freudian slip, or something else about which Jonathan Hoffman can get excited? Those Guardianistas are getting everywhere ...


ibrows

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 03:39

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What this case illistrates once again is that the state of Israel does not take kindly to any criticism of its policies. Its great when the 'only democracy' in the Middle East is arguing against a Jewish group for 'seeking to foster pluralism'.

and they say freedom of speech is alive and well, seemingly not if it includes any criticism, or your organisation will swiftly be denouced and de-legitimised regardless of whether its claims are true or not


Avraham Reiss

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 06:12

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ibrows:
You have greatly over-simplified things to attain your goal of criticism; Goldstone's blatant dishonesty is "freedom of speech"?

And since when was Judaism "pluralistic" in the way you mean?

And then again, after 2,000 years amongst goyim, "criticism" is the least of our problems ...


Abtalyon

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 13:44

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Ben Caspit's "article" in Maariv simply published the allegations against the New Israel Fund made by the extreme right-wing settler-supporting organization Im Tirzu, itself funded by an extreme US Christian group led by a self-styled antisemitic "pastor" named Hagee. NIF funding of those NGO's that submitted material to Goldstone comprises a fraction of the money it donates to all manner of groups in Israel for social and educational projects which benefit the entire population.

Meretz is a left of centre social democratic party which advocates a live-and- let-live policy with regard to religious observance. It can hardly be deemed anti-religious if, for a very brief period in the last Knesset, Tzvia Greenfeld, herself a Haredi, was one of its MK's! And there are others like her in the party, along with conservative and reform adherents, muslims, druze and atheists- in short, a fair cross section of the pluralist society of Israel.

The hypocrisy inherent in "Hamodia" in protesting private funding of secular humanist yeshivot will surprise no- one. Orthodox Yeshivot in Israel are funded in the main from the public purse and what is taught in them is at the end of the day, not traditional yiddishkeit but 'freeloading' at the expense of the working population. In this respect, Meretz is right in the middle of the mainstream of Israeli secular opinion.

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