Who Is Davidi Gilo?

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Who is Davidi Gilo? That’s the question the San Jose Mercury News asked ten years ago. The question wasn’t an unreasonable one. Davidi Gilo had seemingly appeared out of nowhere to flutter to the top of the contributors list for the Democratic Party. At 1.2 million dollars, not only was he the single biggest Silicon Valley donor, but he was also the third largest donor to the Democratic Party in the country.

There was no reason for Gilo to be throwing that much money around. That same year Forbes had placed him at the very bottom of its list of tech industry high rollers. But though Gilo was 99th on the Forbes list, he managed to be at the top of the liberal donors list, tossing something like 1 percent of his net worth to the party.

Davidi Gilo was a member of Soros’ Democracy Alliance, which was set up to direct large amounts of money into the causes of the Left. A number of other board members of the Democracy Alliance also ended up closely involved in J Street, including Patricia Bauman, Gail Furman, Deborah Sagner, as well as Herb and Marion Sandler.

Glance today at the J Street bio page and you’ll see that Gilo’s name is one of the rare few that doesn’t come with any supplementary information. No titles or background. No “Former President of X” or “Board Member of Y” or anything at all despite the fact that Davidi Gilo is not just another name at J Street. He’s the chairman of the board of J Street.

Besides being the chairman of the board of J Street; he’s also a major donor. And before J Street, he was on the executive committee of the Israel Policy Forum. The IPF was a J Street predecessor with enough overlap that J Street could be considered a rebranding of it.

J Street is the front group for the agenda of powerful liberal billionaires, one of many groups that serve this purpose. Like the old Communist Party front groups, different groups are targeted at different demographics. J Street was created to provide a left-wing Jewish lobby that would demand concessions from Israel on behalf of the terrorists.

But the Gilo story goes back long before all that. The son of an Israeli government bureaucrat at a time when the bureaucracy was a network of left-wing associates, Gilo cut his teeth on left-wing activism in student union leadership and then in protests against the Lebanon War.

For Israeli leftists, the Lebanon War was the equivalent of the Vietnam War, allowing them to build a strong anti-national movement. As a Peace Now member, Gilo participated in an organization whose co-founders had a vision of bringing down Israel and gunning down those who didn’t comply. Or as Peace Now co-founder Yigal Tumarkin put it: “My true contribution would be if I grabbed a sub-machine-gun, instead of a pen and pencil and killed them.”

Still Peace Now wasn’t radical enough for Gilo. One of his comrades said that they viewed the organization as too anemic and together tried to see how they could become even more militant.

Moving through the United States and Europe, Gilo made his fortune selling tech companies to multinationals with deep pockets. But when the multinationals didn’t show up to make an offer, then problems arose.

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  • mrbean

    David Gilo and his J Street leftists publicly dissent from Israeli policies while claiming to be pro-Israel. Groups on the Jewish left expressed outrage after the Knesset subcommittee on public diplomacy voted to convene hearings on J Street, the Washington-based lobby that calls itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace” while at the same time undermining the government of Israel by promoting two state solutions not in Israel's interest in the US. Who funds J street is the question needs to be answered!

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    It's really funny when Jews accuse other Jews of using their money to orchestrate a massive secret international conspiracy. This time you have hit on real humor.

    • SHmuelHaLevi

      Flipside,
      You have got no idea how funny we can get about scum, unJews or their co travelers. I will not give you the script of the comedy shows certain unJews participate on.
      Regretfully you cannot ask Eichman and most or the fellows that performed the Munich Olympics massacre as well as many others not officially known. We were totally hilarious with them.
      One of these days I'll send you a video of the MITLA PASS after the Egyptian First and Third armies got their return tickets working. You'll brake out laughing histerically after enjoying the comedy show we played for them there.
      By the way.
      Apparently one of yer favorites, either Ahmed in Teheran or the one in Damascus or both are desperately waiting in lune for our next comedy.
      They intend to try to rocket our country and people using WMD's.
      I hope that two molecules may be found amongst the ruins of Syria and Iran and anyone else willing to play comedy. That will be the ultimate show Flipside.
      Wanna ticket?

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Your true colors, your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow.

      • angel

        It is totally inexplicable to me how a certain type of delusional sociopath — in this case the Left– can reconcile in their demented mind the notion of murder and genocide. And they want their victims to:

        "You sit an be quiet while we kill you"

        That will never happen again! To those of you who think you can pull this kind assault on humanity be warn. This time you not only have the Jews to contend with but the Christians, all of us will become for the purpose of this fight ONE. And we aim to kick you a$$ right back into hell.

      • mlcblog

        Brilliant, Shmuel. Well done.

    • WildJew

      There is nothing secretive or conspiratorial about J Street. J Street's Jewish traitors are open about the goal they share in common with the jihadists; Hamas jihadists, Hezbollah jihadists, Iranians, etc. They openly identify with Israel's genocidal enemies. Where's the conspiracy?

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Traitors? To which country?

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Exactly WildJew they are open about their aims and are leftist, nihilistic
        haters of self and all else. For those who do not believe in evil entities,
        well here you have it in spades, the deck of evil cards………….William

    • winoceros

      Not a conspiracy. Sunlight. I'll bet you hate that, under the rock.

  • Jim

    Seem like many religions and ethnic groups have people who act like traitors to their own.
    The Protestants have the National Council of Churches whose office building is some times called the God Box.

    They all seem to have more money than the people under them.

    Of course the Shia have the Sunni and the Sunni the Shia.

    The Blacks have a load of congressmen who rip their constituents off and who really work for White run corporations ex Shiela Jackson Lee.

    I watched J street on c-span. They were very rude to any Israeli that contradicted them.

    • mrbean

      You say: "The Blacks have a load of congressmen who rip their constituents off and who really work for White run corporations ex Shiela Jackson Lee. "

      Ahhhh… you prefer that the members of the racist black caucas stick to poverty pimping and getting more entitlements for their own? That is what they have been doing since the great society 44 years ago and 44 trillion dollars down the "black" hole.

  • Sdsali

    Reading this article reminded me of why many fundamentalist Christians are supporters of Israel. I am not a fundamentalist but I have read the Old Testament (aka The Torah and the Tanakh). Cleanse Jews from Judea? From Samaria? These areas are, to paraphrase Rupert Brooke, their own , their native land. We who have not only read the Bible stories, but also know that archeological discoveries have supported the essential veracity of some of those stories ( i.e . towns and forts have been located with the same names) What kind of self destructive mental illness do these liberal "Jews" have that they want to destroy their own history? Those of us who have simply read and learned a little about the Bible know that these stories were written down and circulated before Muhammad was ever born. These leftists are not merely anti-Semitic, they are deniers of history who are funded by that Nazi collaborater, George Soros.

    • mlcblog

      That very word, fundamentalist, is a favorite of the unthinking left. They love to lump us basic Bible-believers in with certain Middle Eastern religions and call us all fundamentalists, thus tying peaceful Christians (yes, except for the occasional looney tunes) with whole cultures of violence against anyone who disagrees with them.

      I, like you, have a wonderful fondness for Israel because of my Bible reading as a Christian. Incidentally, or perhaps to the whole point, the Jews who I know closely do not know the Bible stories!! Amazing to me, what a loss, a tragedy really. This may explain the lack of protection and affection for the land and its rich history.

      • stern

        ouch, mbblog, that hurt, when you put your finger right on it! It's a sad reality that so many Jews just don't care about our incredible history and heritage. All I can say is thank G-d we have friends like you.

        • mlcblog

          I have to apologize for any pain inflicted. We are to be wise as serpents but harmless as doves. A tall order.

          As you may be able to see, I am a love slave to Jesus Christ. He has my heart and rescues me daily.

          It is through the reading of the Word plus my own rich heritage of being born here in this awesome land that I have a taste for history and spiritual things and an eagerness to preserve our way of life. It is a gift of God.

          Between you and me, then, maybe we can agree that introducing secular and unbelieving Jews to their own wonderful heritage can help bring America back into safety from her enemies.

          • stern

            I just have one request. Please don't try and convert any of us. While I appreciate your support and love, I am deeply and completely committed to my own faith. I promise to respect yours and ask only for the same in return.

          • mlcblog

            Your rabbi has preceded you to let me know this is inappropriate, but thank you. I understand that many Christians do not know any better, though we should have. Our own scriptures tell that only God can speak into man's hearts about spiritual things. Still, we can discuss. So, I hope we will enjoy our discussions while we savor the deep love and faith that each of us has.

            I am unsure whether there was anything other than enthusiasm in my previous message that would seem an attempt to push my views. I thought not but wonder whether it was perceived that way.

  • joy52

    When their very lives or their loved ones lives are about to be taken by muslims, who make no secret of their plans, what will the Left say then? George Soros has shown he will aid the fascists. His denial was truly to save his own life, though retribution will naturally come for him in a few years. But what about the rest? They clearly don't understand when muslims say unequivocally they want all Jews dead. They play politics apparantly unaware their lives are in danger. Meanwhile they join their would-be murderers against those who are trying to save them. If it were not sad, it would be puzzling.

    • taxpayer

      These "sonderkommandos" are buying a few more minutes of life while herding their brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and their own children to the gas chambers and then the crematoria.
      I never understood how they could lower themselves to become nazis.
      Something like the J Streeters, Soros, et al.

  • winoceros

    "Sternhell had called for attacking Israeli towns and cities in areas that the Left wished to concede to terrorists. He had suggested that the terrorists should concentrate their attacks on those cities and towns"

    Did he say that before, or after, the Fogels were murdered by Muslim jihadists?

    • stern

      Probably both.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Before

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Before the Palestinian falsity bacame the new truth for the UN the Scriptures
    gave direction and truth to the Israeli hero's of 1947 and the ensuing wars
    with Arab Muslims. How I thought could they be so brave in the face of so
    many hateful enemies. Nehemiah 4:14, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember
    the Lord, great and awesome." So to today Israel will prevail, it is in the Word
    and it is Truth Personified, for the enemies of Israel will fall into the hands of
    and angry God………………………………………………………..William

  • Ben

    Well-researched and useful article. However, 'Sternhell' is a German term meaning 'as bright as stars' and doesn't have anything to do with the English term 'hell.' The attempt at a cheap shot based on somebody's family name is always unnecessary, as much a problematic person he might be.

  • Michael

    J Street are traitors and terrorist supporter: must be taken out.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Traitors to which country and according to which law?

  • maturin20

    Trying to brand a new hate figure, eh, sir? Well, it worked for Soros.

  • Tom

    This is my first time reading FrontPage, as I knew Davidi as friend of a friend and googled his name. Am I right in thinking that this site is militant, or just the commenters? From the comments, calling him a terrorist, this is silly. When I read that I have to discount everything in the article.

    Is this hyperbole, or do you really think he is a terrorist? Please teach me, as I know little about this topic. I will say, however, that it appears to me that Israel is killing a lot more Palestinians than vice versa. You obviously support this, why?