Wednesday, June 24, 2009

American Jewry, Where Does Your Money Go?

Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

American Jewry quite confusedly

Where does your money go?
To terrorist bullets and rocket shells
To Arabs, not Jews; it is so

As the saying goes:
"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."

I have no doubt that the Jews who donate their hard-earned money to the New Israel Fund intend only the best for their fellow Jews in Israel. But their money actually goes to fund projects and causes which endanger the State of Israel and the well-being of its Jewish citizens.

"The NIF disperses hundreds of thousands of dollars for the core budgets of such groups as Adalah: The Legal Center for Minority Arab Rights in Israel, Mossawa: The advocacy center for Arab citizens in Israel and I'lam media center for Arab Palestinians in Israel.

Supporting Iran's nukes

I'lam was founded in the wake of the Palestinian intifada, or terrorist war, initiated in September 2000 after then-PLO Leader Yasser Arafat turned down an Israeli offer of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and eastern Jerusalem.

The first director of I'lam was Hanin Zoabi, recently elected as a member of the Israeli Arab Balad Party in the Knesset. Zoabi's party spawned Azmi Bishara, the Israeli Arab Knesset member who fled Israel after he was threatened with prosecution for allegedly aiding the Hezbollah terrorist organization. Balad officials routinely condemn Israel and at times openly present themselves as representing the state of "Palestine."

In April, in Zoabi's maiden interview to the Jerusalem Post as a Knesset member, she declared her open support for Iranian nuclear weapons as a counterbalance to Israel.

Zoabi, in her capacity as the director of I'lam, helped draft and sign the Haifa Declaration, which called for the negation of Israel's Jewish identity and for a "comprehensive change in Israeli policy, whereby Israel abandons its destructive role towards the peoples of the region. …"

In March, I'lam's so-called empowerment coordinator, Zaher Boulos, issued a "cry of solidarity with the Palestinian people who hold strong to the establishment of a Palestinian state that is independent with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of the refugees to their homes" at the annual conference of the Forum of Journalists, an I'lam affiliate of which he is also coordinator.

The conference expressed "support for the Palestinian people in their struggle for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of refugees."

Also in March, I'lam issued a press release stating Israel cannot "liquidate the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Arab culture and will be the future capital of a Palestinian state, and tomorrow will be the focal point of the Arab and Islamic world and the progressive forces in the world."

The terminology in I'lam's media publications resounds with terms such as "massacre" and "ethnic cleansing," as well as accusations of war crimes and the targeted murder of journalists.

Last year, the NIF-funded organization held a conference in Ramallah with journalists from the Palestinian Authority which "aimed to develop and facilitate working relationships between Palestinians journalists in Israel and in the West Bank, and to discuss the role of the Palestinian media on both sides of the Green Line" as well as "exploring strategies for Palestinian media practitioners in addressing Israeli, European and U.S.-American media." (complete article)"

Yes, among the numerous amutot, non-profit organizations helped and guided by the NIF, there are some good ones, but they mask the NIF's extreme Left, post-Zionist agenda.

Fellow Jews, we have enough enemies, please don't support them.


Keli Ata said...

Great and important post!

It's interesting to me that the New Israel Fund would fund organizations in Israel--presumably run by Arabs--that are not strictly of a humanitarian nature.

Wouldn't Arabs or anyone in Israel for that matter already be entitled to the same legal aid services, as an example, as anyone else?

And giving money to Arab-operated organizations is just plain foolish. I sincerely doubt the money goes to help people.

It can be confusing decided which non-profit to give to, especially when they run helpful programs but also shady ones, all the while describing themselves as Pro-Israel.

It's best I think to give to a single organization based in Israel which may also have an office in the US.

I give to Meir Panim. It's trustworthy, food, furniture, appliances for the needy, homeless, financially strapped students and terror victims in Israel (commerical over lol).

Seriously though--I like the way they operate. They don't have soup kitchens like in the US, which are impersonal buffet style assembly line places but rather restaurants.

That's a more dignified way to offer meals and creates a sense of family for those who might not have family. That really appeals to me, and I wish we'd go to that method in the US.

Another reason to love the Jewish people and Israelis in particular :)

Batya said...

Keli, NIF is an enormous far Left organization. One of its projects is the help and support of groups, all sorts of groups, some good and some extremely anti-Israel, like the Arab ones mentioned in the linked article.

There is no similar organization which is strictly Zionist, best for Jews.

Hadassa said...

If Meir Panim has been mentioned, we should add "Pa'amonim", the organization that helps people to help themselves by getting them out of a cycle of debt. They give financial assistance on the condition that people learn how to live within their means. They help with understanding the governmental social services, obtaining job training and finding jobs. They also give pre-emptive lectures teaching families, especially newlyweds, how to stay out of debt.

Batya said...

NIF and their Shatil are involved with "social action," very different from the funds you're mentioning.

Keli Ata said...

I know Batya:) We're just mentioning worthwhile and honest charities in contrast to some of the ones funded by the NIF:)


Shalom! Pa'amonim sounds wonderful. Boy could we use something like that in the US!

Batya said...

I guess I'll have to find the time to explain exactly what NIF's Shatil does.

Keli Ata said...

No you did explain very clearly. I just went off topic and Hadassa followed me. I'm sorry:(

For a more on topic comment:

"Last year, the NIF-funded organization held a conference in Ramallah with journalists from the Palestinian Authority which "aimed to develop and facilitate working relationships between Palestinians journalists in Israel and in the West Bank, and to discuss the role of the Palestinian media on both sides of the Green Line"

That is deeply disturbing to me as a journalist. It sounds more as though they're supporting propoganda. I hope this isn't OT but I have read accounts by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which is a respected international organization.

The accounts of "Palestinian" journalists harmed in Israel are shady at best. Few if any are journalists in the true sense of the word. Many of the newspaper offices the IDF had raided have been suspected of aiding terrorists. You can read the accounts online.

Batya said...

Shatil mentors extreme Left, pro-Arab organizations along with a few truly humanitarian ones. We have nothing comparable for Jewish Civil and National Rights.