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  • February 16, 2013

    US government funding radical Israeli NGOs’ information operations

    By Caroline Glick

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    Earlier this month NGO Monitor released its report on foreign government funding of radical political Israeli NGOs which work to undermine Israel’s international standing and subvert Israeli society. Along with the usual European suspects who give millions of shekels (or Euros or pounds) to Israeli groups like this, it works out that the US government is also funding extremely radical organizations, courtesy of American taxpayers. Notably, the three groups that reported receiving funding from the US are all in the business of waging political warfare campaigns directed at the Israeli public.

    According to the report, in accordance with the NGO Transparency Law which requires NGOs to report on donations received from foreign governments, three Israeli NGOs received funding from the US.
    Keshev, a radical leftist “media watchdog” group run by some of Israel’s most outspoken, and radical journalists and writers received NIS 492,452 in direct aid from the US government. To understand how subversive Keshev is, it suffices to note that they criticized the Israeli media for rushing to judgment about Fatah’s unity deal with Hamas. That is, the group the US supports believes we should not criticize Fatah for joining forces with a genocidal jihadist movement committed to the obliteration of Israel that is in cahoots with the Iranians.
    Through Catholic Relief Services,the US also gave NIS 220,304 to the anti-Israel pressure group B’Tselem. The money was used to fund B’Tselem’s video project. B’tselem’s video project involves the distribution of video cameras to Palestinians to film snuff films that portry Israelis as aggressive bullies who seek to harm the Palestinians for no reason.
    Numerous examples have already been reported of how those film clips have falsely portrayed events.
    Finally, the US government donated NIS 15,474 through the Foundation for Middle East Peace to the far left internet outlet Social TV. To a certain degree, Social TV can be — and has been — portrayed as the anti-Zionist answer to Latma, the Hebrew-language media criticism site that I run. But Latma is wholly funded by private contributors and foundations.
    It would have never occurred to me to ask a foreign government to fund the project. It never would have occurred to me to ask a foreign government to get into the media watchdog game in Israel. But then, from reading the report it is clear that the aim of the US government is not, in fact to help Israeli media outlets do a better job reporting on events. Rather, the report indicates that the US government has decided to use radical Israeli NGOs to wage political warfare in Israel. The aim of this campaign is to convince the public that Israel is to blame for the absence of peace with our neighbors.
    It is worth noting that through US Embassy cables published by Wikileakswe learned from B’Tselem’s Executive Director Jessica Montell that B’Tselem is almost entirely dependent on foreign governmental assistance. She said that 95 percent of B’tselem’s budget is paid for by foreign governments. Montell told her interlocutor at the Embassy that B’Tselem wished to engender an international climate of hostility towards Israel that would make Israeli leaders fear the international response to IDF operations against Palestinian terror campaign so much that they would fear taking action. The cable was written after Operation Cast Lead. B’Tselem was one of the Israeli NGOs that told the Goldstone Commission Israel had committed war crimes in Gaza.
    According to the leaked cable:
    She [Montell] wanted the highest level decision-makers held accountable for the decisions they made on how to prosecute the conflict, including, Military Advocate Gneral (MAG) [BG Avi] Mandelblit…Her aim she said, was to make Israel weigh world opinion and consider whether it could “afford another operation like this.”
    The Israeli media itself is already controlled in large part by the far Left. Channel 2 news and the station’s flagship satire program “Eretz Nehederet” played a huge role in shaping public perceptions in the last elections. Both worked overtime trying to demonize Naftali Bennett and the Jewish Home Party. This they did after they worked overtime demonizing the winners of Likud’s party primaries as right wing extremists. Muli Segev, Eretz Nehederet’s editor in chief bragged in an interview in Haaretz that his show was directly responsible for the party’s loss of several Knesset seats.
    The media’s overwhelming far left bias has been on shocking display this week with their wall-to-wall coverage of the story of the prison suicide of suspected traitor Benjamin Zygier. This man was apparently a double agent, a turncoat. He was imprisoned under a false name, as agreed to by him, his attorneys and his family. He killed himself. His body was sent to his family in Australia for burial. End of story.
    Who cares about him? He was a traitor.
    The entire story was brought to light because three radical post-Zionist and anti-Zionist members of Knesset abused their parliamentary immunity to announce on live television what the military censor had, for reasons of national security placed a gag order on. That is, by covering this story — and for the past two days, Channel 2, which has a monopoly share of the prime time news ratings — has devoted half of its broadcast time to the story — the media is dancing to the tune dictated by the most radical leftist forces in Israeli politics. It is a travesty.
    But apparently, the State Department thinks this anti-Israel activism posing as the local media is insufficiently pro-Arab. And so it is funding these even more radical Israeli pressure groups.
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  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:41 am | 6 Comments »

    6 Comments to US government funding radical Israeli NGOs’ information operations

    1. Bert says:

      American officials have been waging a dirty war against Jews and Israel since the late 1930’s. See the book “The Secret War Against the Jews” by Loftus and Aarons. Officially the reason was our need for Arab oil, which is immoral enough. But beyond that there is also old fashioned Antisemitism and ongoing spite that never ends. It must be very satisfying to the U.S. anti-Semites to find many Jews willing to collaborate in Israel’s destruction.
      The question is why the government of Israel and the U.S. Jewish establishment tolerates this public relations war to destroy Israel. It is all part of how some Jews continue to collaborate with our mortal enemies thereby insuring that many Jews will continue to die at the hands of our enemies.

    2. Joe Hamilton says:

      I read the book and afterwards, for the first time I felt the US was just as antisemitic as France or the UK. Richard Lynn recently published a book on Ashkenazi Jewish IQ and he reviewed their incredible accomplishments in individual countries. The country with the least bias was the Soviet Union was 1919 to 1948. Even the UK and France has had Jewish prime ministers and the UK parliament has had more Jewish members than the US Congress despite being a much smaller percentage of the population than Jews in the US . The US now has a totally worthless, incompetent punk occupying the white house for another 4 years. Yet, despite the incredible accomplishments of Americans Jews for example development of the atom bomb which saved the lives of up 1 million non-Jews who would have died in an invasion of Japan during WWII, no Jew has come close to holding any of the 3 highest offices in the US government (President,VP, or Speaker of the House).American Jews truly suffer from mass psychosis because they believe the US is incapable of widespread antisemitism. They have deliberately hid the terrible treatment American Jews suffered prior to the end of WWII,for example Jews could not work for any large US company. Henry Ford was such a vile anti-Semite he sponsored the very popular radio show of Father Coughlin whose vile antisemitic comments led to Jews being assaulted daily during WWII in NYC and especially in Boston where one of the most antisemitic ethnic groups Irish Americans would constantly roam the streets looking to assault Jews with the active assistance of the Boston Police (who were predominantly Irish). The Police were such vile anti-Semites they would assist the the cowardly Irish punks who roam the streets in packs of 20-30 punks and would viciously assault 1 or 2 Jews .The”Police” would then arrest the Jewish victims. The late Ed Koch mentioned this.When I tried to find out the details of the Irish Nazis in the US during WWII, it took me weeks to find any information and it was on Questia which requires a fee. American Jewry also hid the fact Jews faced so much discrimination that there was a period in the 1920s when Jews held the majority of world boxing championship titles ,when there were far fewer boxing titles and thus it was much more difficult to become a world champion than today. Of course, boxing as profession is in opinion nothing more than suffering traumatic brain injury for money.But Jews no matter how smart or talent either had to start their own companies ,or hospital (for Jewish doctors). One Jew who later won the Nobel Prize for medicine was rejected by every medical school he applied to in the US. He won the Nobel Prize after obtaining a Ph.D. but never obtained an M.D. Richard Feynman who won a Nobel Prize, and created the field of Nanotechnology was rejected when he applied to Columbia University. He was rejected despite the fact that Feynman scored more than twice as high as the previous high score on a citywide Math test taken by all NYC High Seniors.

    3. Joe Hamilton says:

      I wanted to add Columbia continues their antisemitic tradition by having Ahmadjedad speak there several years ago and has had some of the most anti-Semitic professors in the US such Edward Said and Obama’s close friend Rashidi. They desperately wanted a second-rate Brit “poet” and professor of poetry after he made the statement he wanted to kill Jews in Israel who “came from Brooklyn”. But to the undoubtedly tremendous disappointment of Columbia’s top officials the arrangement for this “scholar” to teach as a visiting professor was stopped when the snake changed his mind.

    4. Bernard Ross says:

      Joe Hamilton Said:

      I wanted to add Columbia continues their antisemitic tradition

      Good posts Joe, thanks. Facts trump BS. I wonder how many jews fund Columbia U and Brooklyn college. The position of jews in the US is very similar to the position of Jews in pre hitler germany. Many Jews in eastern europe migrated to germany because it was better for jews, my grandparents included. The most liberal country in Europe

    5. Michael Devolin says:

      “Of course, boxing as profession is in opinion nothing more than suffering traumatic brain injury for money.”

      Maybe so, but when you ask your management staff for a raise, they listen. I would much rather live as a fighter than smoke cigarettes. Nobody seems to mind cancer so much as they mind violent sports like hockey and boxing.

      “American Jewry also hid the fact Jews faced so much discrimination that there was a period in the 1920s when Jews held the majority of world boxing championship titles ,when there were far fewer boxing titles and thus it was much more difficult to become a world champion than today.”

      If you think it’s easier today to become a world champion, step in there for a few rounds. It’s probably easier today to get a good paycheck, but that’s about it. Jews gained those belts back in the 20s because they were tough, the same goes for the gentile fighters, in my opinion. I’ve been involved with boxing most of my life, so I think I have a fair idea about the sport (I now work as a trainer, fought as a middleweitht, two of my sons box, the older one is also a trainer, a third one is starting up again this monday, two American nephews boxed, one of them sparred with Mayorga, one Canadian nephew, two of my uncles). If you are tough in the world of boxing, no matter what you are, you win belts. The tooth fairy could win a belt if she was tough enough. Granted, today there are more belts to be gotten, but it’s just as painful today getting past a good jab and a hard right hand as it was back in the 20s. All boxers, Jewish and Gentile, come from, usually, tough neighborhoods and have lived difficult lives before they take up boxing. I actually met Lenox Lewis at a club fight in Sully’s Gym when he fought as an amateur out of Kitchener-Waterloo. Shawn O’Sullivan laced up my gloves for my first amateur fight not knowing at the time that I was up against a fighter from his club (Cabbagetown). Yeah, I kicked the guy’s ass. Just for the record.

    6. Michael Devolin says:

      “…in Boston where one of the most antisemitic ethnic groups Irish Americans would constantly roam the streets looking to assault Jews with the active assistance of the Boston Police (who were predominantly Irish).”

      One of my Jewish friends, a former American JDL member, was a cop in Boston. I served as a personal bodyguard for his daughter in Toronto (which was a great honour for me). I cannot even imagine what that must have been like, to be a cop in Boston at that time. He knew Irv Rubin.