What Anti-Israel NGO is the Worst of All? The New Israel Fund (Part 3)

UPDATES 11 am Israel time, Friday, June 13 2014:

**Within the last hour, a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with an M-16 at the IDF checkpoint near Bitunia (in Samaria, close to Ramallah). The masked gunman fired 8 shots before being whisked away by waiting confederates in a car. Fortunately, no soldiers were wounded.

**Threats, threats, and more threats:

–The Palestinian delegation to Australia threatened Australia today that if Australia stops referring to “East Jerusalem” as being “occupied”, it will lead an Arab trade war against the country and halt all Australian exports to Arab countries.

–Iran threatened the West this morning that if it does not receive an agreement concerning its nuclear weapons program to its liking, it will immediately resume enriching uranium to 20%.


Today we come to the end of our three-part expose on the New Israel Fund (NIF).

First let’s look at two more NGOs that the NIF funds.

18. Breaking the Silence

An announcement at St. Louis University: "J Street U" presents "Breaking the Silence" at a Hillel house--a program funded in part by the New Israel Fund.

An announcement at St. Louis University: “J Street U” presents “Breaking the Silence” at a Hillel house–in a program funded in part by the New Israel Fund.

Self-expressed mission: “[To document] cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting, and destruction of property [which] have been the norm for years.”

Also funded by: AECID, Delegation of the EU to Israel, Broederlijk Delen, NGO Development Center, Misereor, ICCO, Dan Church Aid, UNICEF, Trocaire, Christian Aid, Oxfam, George Soros Open Society Institute

19. Adalah

An Adalah letter promoting a boycott of Israel--partly funded by the New Israel Fund.

An Adalah letter promoting a boycott of Israel–partly funded by the New Israel Fund.

Self-expressed mission: “To “promote and defend the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel.”

Also funded by: the European Union, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, UNDP, Ford Foundation, Open Society Insitute, Oxfam-Novib, Christian Aid.


So, in sum, what is it that makes the New Israel Fund the most egregiously anti-Israel NGO of them all?

It is simply the Fund’s attempt to delegtimize the country internally and externally by reaching into every segment of Israeli society. 

*It funds attempts to boycott Israel (Adalah and others),

*It funds attempts to demean the IDF and encourage young Israelis not to serve in the IDF (Breaking the Silence and others).

*It funds media attempts to isolate Israel (Nine Seven Two Magazine and others).

*It funds attempts to spread outright lies about Israel (PCATI, Physicians for Human Rights, Rabbis for Human Rights, HaMoked, Human Rights Defenders Fund,  and others).

*It funds attempts to disobey Israeli judicial bodies–including the Israel Supreme Court (Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement, and others).

*It funds attempts to establish Palestinian control over the land in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria (Yesh Din, and others).

*It funds attempts to incite Israeli-Arabs against Israel (I’lam, Molad, Mossowa, and others).

*It funds attacks on Israeli security personnel including IDF troops, Border Guards, and Israeli police (B’Tselem, Machsom Watch, and others).

*It funds support of Hamas (Gisha, and others).

*It funds the attempt to divide Jerusalem (Ir Amin, and others).

The next time a representative of the NIF comes to your neighborhood or city to raise money–remember this blog–and confront that representative with facts about where New Israel Fund money really goes.



For the next few weeks, your humble servant will append Israel Vocabulary 101 to the bottom of this blog everyday.

Basic Israel Vocabulary 101

1. Use the Jewish and Israeli names for things; here are five to start with:

Har HaBayit instead of Temple Mount

Kipat HaSela instead of Dome of the Rock

The Kotel instead of the Western Wall

Shechem instead of Nablus

The Kineret instead of the Sea of Galilee

2. Use ‘Judea and Samaria’ instead of ‘the West Bank. ‘West Bank’ is a term of occupation and exploitation created by the Jordanians to refer to the area west of the Jordan River illegally seized and annexed to Jordan in 1948. Prior to 1948, the land was referred to as Judea and Samaria for almost 3000 years. In the 1947 U.N. Resolution that partitioned “Palestine”, “Judea” and “Samaria” were the terms used.

3. Use ‘Palestinian Autonomous Territories’ to refer to Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria–never under any circumstances use the term ‘occupied territories’ because it is simply not true; Israel is not occupying anything. Areas A and B have been under Palestinian civil administration since the signing of the Oslo Accords two decades ago. By the way, when PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas wants to compare these areas to Gaza, he uses the term “Palestinian Autonomous Territories.”

4. Use ‘Jewish communities’ or ‘Israeli cities instead of settlements.’ How in the world can anyone call the communities and cities of Maaleh Adumin (40,210) and Modin Illit (51,773), Gush Etzion (54,939), and Ariel (41,720) ‘settlements’?

5.  Use ‘construction of Jewish homes, schools, and hospitals’ instead of settlement activity’. By obscuring what the activities are, the activities are delegitimized.

6. Use ‘new Jewish communities’ or ‘fledgling Jewish communties’ instead of outposts‘. An outpost is a small military encampment, not a place where people permanently live.

7. Use ‘Jewish community member’ instead of settler’. Are we living in the wild west? Most Jewish community members are suburbanites commuting to jobs in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and elsewhere. If you want to use the term ‘settler’, refer to Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria as settlers–after all, they are the late arrivers to the land (see No. 13 below). 

8. Use ‘eastern Jerusalem’ or the ‘eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem’ instead of East JerusalemThe city of Jerusalem must never be divided again. Again, areas such as Ramat Shlomo and Gilo are ‘neighborhoods’ of Jerusalem, not ‘settlements.’

You are looking at Har Gilo--a huge Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.

You are looking at Har Gilo–a huge 40,000+ person Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.

9. Use ‘Palestinian cities’ instead of  Palestinian refugee camps. Who is kidding whom? Cities such as Kalandiya are huge places with massive construction going on all the time–the Palestinian residents of these cities are not nomads living in tents.

10. Use Palestinian ‘settlements’ instead of  Palestinian ‘villages’ or ‘hamlets’.

Accorcing to the leftist Israeli newspaper Haaretz, this is a picture of the Palestinian "village" of Halat Makhoul. Would you call this a "village" or even a "hamlet"? This is a settlement.

Accorcing to the leftist Israeli newspaper Haaretz, this is a picture of the Palestinian “village” of Halat Makhoul. Would you call this a “village” or even a “hamlet”? This is a settlement.

Who is kidding whom?  “Village” is a word blatantly used to make the West think that the Palestinians are (and have been) living peacefully and sleepily in hamlets for thousands of years.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

11. Use Palestinian ‘settlers’ instead of Palestinian ‘farmers’ and ‘villagers’Let’s call people what they are, not what the delegitimizers would have us believe that they are.

12. Use ‘PLO’ or  ‘Palestine Liberation Organization’ instead of Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear that the PLO runs the show in Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria, and the United Nations recognizes the PLO–not the Palestinian Authority. Your humble servant was the first to use the abbreviation “PLO/PA” when writing about the governance of Areas A and B–an abbreviation now used by various newspaper columnists here in Israel.

13. When possible, use ‘Palestinian Terrorist Organization–HAMAS’ instead of merely HamasHAMAS is an acronym for “Harakat al Muqawamah al Islamiyya” which means ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’–which is a euphemism for Palestinian Terrorist Movement. It is easier to say or write HAMAS, but the acronym does not tell what the organization is about.

14. In regard to the new PLO-Hamas “government”, use the phrase ‘terrorist government‘ instead of ‘reconciliation‘ or ‘unity‘ government. They only thing the PLO and Hamas are unified about is their desire to destroy Israel.

15. Use ‘conservative politicians’ instead of right-wing politicians‘. Smearing someone as ‘right-wing’ is a convenient way of dismissing what they have to say. Note how quickly international politicians and media (and the leftist Israeli media) call conservative politicians such as Naftali Bennett, Moshe Feiglin, and Orit Struck “right-wing extremists” and “right-wing fanatics” when in fact all they advocate is Israeli nationalism. We should all be so extremist and fanatic.   

16. When possible, use ‘Israeli men, women, and children’ instead of  Israeli citizens when referring to those of us assaulted by terrorists. After all, Palestinian terrorists delight in trying to kill all Israelis–regardless of age or gender.

17. When referring to the human results of Palestinian terrorism, use the term‘wounded’ instead of ‘injured’.  ’Wounded’ connotes an intentional act committed by someone trying to hurt you; ‘injured’ usually does not.

18. When referring to the human results of Palestinian terrorism, never let someone get away with saying that “no one was wounded.” In fact, an Israeli is wounded in every terrorist attack whether those wounds be physical or emotional–just look at the incidence of PTSD among children and adults living along the Gaza border. In fact, using the phrase “no one was wounded” is part of the underpinning of the absurd ‘disproportionality’ canard.  

Note that in this blog, your humble servant often says that “no one was physically wounded but the emotional toll is incalculable.” 

19. Use “so-called human rights organizations” or “self-proclaimed human rights organizations” instead of “human rights organizations” to denote the so-called human rights organizations operating in Israel. None of these organizations are in the least interested in protecting Israeli or Jewish human rights.

20. Use international ‘lawbreakers’ instead of international ‘activists’ when referring to those members of the international community who come to Israel for the express purpose of breaking Israeli law and attacking Israeli police and soldiers.

21. Use ‘the suicide bomber prevention fence instead of the ‘separation fence’ or ‘wall’Have we all forgotten why the suicide bomber prevention fence was built? To stop suicide bombers.

22. The current round of so-called “peace talks” has apparently come to an end, but it will be back in a new form before we know it.  Use “Israel concession process” instead of “peace process”. There never has been a peace process between Israelis and Palestinians–only a process of trying to wrench ever more concessions out of Israel in return for nothing.

23. Use “Muslims” instead of Muslim fundamentalistsMuslim extremistsMuslim fanaticsIslamistsmilitant Islamistshostile Islamistsradical Islamists, and Salafists. If you must use two words to describe terrorists, use “Muslim terrorists.”

What are Muslim fanatics, Muslim extremists, Muslim fundamentalists, Islamists, and Salafists? They are simply Muslims, and the attempt to cast them otherwise is an obvious attempt to portray just plain old “Muslims” as not fanatic, not extremist, not fundamentalist, not Islamist, and not Salafist. In Gaza, we now have the ludicrous situation in which Palestinian terrorist Hamas–which is one of the most fanatic, extremist, fundamentalist, and Islamist terror organizations on the planet–being portrayed as the “good guys” by the media. The time has come once again to call a Muslim a Muslim.


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