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Friday, November 28, 2014

Birthright terminates relationship with New Israel Fund

Birthright Israel has terminated its relationship with the Leftist New Israel Fund, the largest and most powerful non-governmental source of support for Israeli civil society organizations, providing funding and organizational/political assistance. This is from the first link.
Birthright Israel, the American organization that organizes visits to Israel for participants from 66 different countries, has terminated a partnership with the controversial New Israel Fund (NIF,) resulting in the cancellation of a December visit to the Jewish state assembled by the two groups.
In an email to trip participants, Stephanie Ives, the New York Director for the NIF, said that “we have been cut from the trip for three reasons that have been communicated to us: (1) Birthright Israel determined that our marketing of the trip was in violation of their policy because our NIF logo was slightly larger than the Birthright Israel logo; (2) Birthright Israel NEXT has determined that it can no longer partner with NIF in any way because we seek to influence policy in Israel, and they have a rule against partnership with organizations that seek to influence policies in Israel or the United States; and (3) Birthright Israel decided to cancel a number of the New York UJA trips because of recruitment concerns.”
Ives added: “I wish this were not the case. We were truly excited to participate and honored to have been recruited to do so by Birthright Israel NEXT. More importantly, we think participation by progressive Israel organizations is crucial to allow Birthright Israel to continue having the kind of impact on the next generation America-Israel relationship that it seeks and that we seek.”
For those who aren't familiar with the New Israel Fund (search this blog!) NGO Monitor reports:
“Allegations by NIF-funded groups are frequently used to advance anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) activism – the claims of these groups are used to justify demonization,” NGO Monitor says. “For instance, the UC Berkeley divestment campaign (April 2013) referenced B’Tselem, Adalah, and PHR-I as documenting ‘ongoing human rights violations systematically committed by the Israeli government.’ We also note that previous NIF funding for radical anti-Israel groups (ICAHD, Coalition of Women for Peace, Mada al-Carmel, Al-Qaws, etc.), which has ended, continued for years and caused significant damage, including, for example, the decision by Dutch pension funds to divest from Israeli banks in January 2014.”
It's about time!

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At 9:46 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Front Page Mag, David Horowitz, had this Ronn Torossian article linked in their morning link email. Never heard of pretty much any of the coastal elites (including Ronn, although I did google his name and he looks like someone whose links I'll start reading), as we flyover people have our own issues.

The Extremist, Radical New Israel Fund and Its Funders
November 28, 2014 by Ronn Torossian



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