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For years, some of us have been warning about the attempt of the New Israel Fund to undermine the state of Israel.
Based in the United States where it is registered as a 501 c (3) nonprofit philanthropic organization, the NIF is headquartered in New York City with offices in Boston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and San Francisco. The NIF also maintains offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. In Israel (where it maintains a Jerusalem office), the NIF is listed as a “foreign corporation”.
Operating under the guise of “achieving social justice and equality for all Israelis” and “championing democracy”, the Fund is the main source of monetary support for Israel’s leading anti-Israel and Arab NGO’s such as: Machsom Watch (that fights for ‘Arab rights’ vis a vis Israeli soldiers at Israeli checkpoints), Alternative Voice for the Galilee (that promotes Arab land rights in the Galillee), Yesh Din (that operates a 24 hour hotline for Arab complaints against ‘Jews’), Adalah (that uses Israeli courts to further Arab interests), and Al Yater, Adar, and Al-Rabbita (that promote Arab interests in Akko, Ramle, and Yafo respectively). And this does not even include NIF financial support for groups like B’Tselim, Breaking the Silence, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, and SHATIL.
Yesterday, an extraordinary document was published by Wikileaks–a document that once and for all underscores how those at the NIF view their mission.
‘Confidential’ diplomatic cable 10TELAVIV439 dated February 25, 2010 sent from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.” reads in part:
“New Israel Fund (NIF) Associate Director in Israel Hedva Radovanitz, who manages grants to 350 NGOs totaling about 18 million dollars per year, told PolOff [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.”
Radovanitz went on to tell the U.S. political officer that “the NIF was currently re-evaluating its strategy and was hoping to create a movement rather than just a lot of NGOs.”
In a remarkable reponse to the publication of this cable, the New Israel Fund issued this statement yesterday: “Mrs. Hedva Radovanitz is no longer employed at the New Israel Fund and therefore we do not know her personal opinion on the subject of the Jewish majority on Israel.” Your humble servant is forced to ask you dear reader: does this sound like a retraction or denial of what Radovanitz said?
And then the NIF statement said this: “We stress that the statements attributed to the Fund in the news report do not reflect the formal position of the NIF.” Do not reflect the formal position of the NIF? Of course, the NIF cannot say this in its formal mission statement–a mission statement by the way disingenuosly couched in terms of democracy, two-state solution, and social justice–but obviously the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state is the NIF position, and the one that it is actively working toward.
A final word: not surprisingly one of the NIF’s main champions in the United States has been J Street–another organization that has sought to undermine Israel at every turn. And not surprisingly, recent revelations have shown the substantial degree to which the New Israel Fund has funded the protest movement in Israel.