The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

I won­der if donors to the New Is­rael Fund are fully aware of the way their money is spent is pur­su­ing the po­lit­i­cal ori­en­ta­tions of that or­gan­i­sa­tion. The NIF funded the at­ten­dance of left-wing Is­raeli groups to at­tend the 2001 Dur­ban con­fer­ence which turned into an anti-Is­rael, anti-Zion­ist cir­cus. They cur­rently fund the “Coali­tion of Women for Peace” which, through its front or­gan­i­sa­tions, is com­mit­ted to the “Strug­gle to end the oc­cu­pa­tion”, to “End mil­i­tari­sa­tion of Is­raeli so­ci­ety” and which ad­vo­cates a right of re­turn for Pales­tini­ans, and pub­lic com­mem­o­ra­tions of the naqba.

Cur­rently one of their grantees is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Is­raeli At­tor­ney Gen­eral for in­cite­ment of wouldbe re­cruits to the Is­raeli forces to avoid mil­i­tary ser­vice. I gave up con­tribut­ing to NIF some years ago when I be­came aware of their at­tempts to dam­age the fab­ric of Is­raeli so­ci­ety and its in­ter­na­tional im­age. Some trustees are well re­spected mem­bers of the An­glo-Jewish com­mu­nity. I can­not be­lieve that they are fully aware of the true na­ture of what is be­ing done in their name. David Lewis Hanger Lane, Lon­don W5

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