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Take the Cycle Group, which tried to combine environmentalism and pet waste, by selling environmentally friendly kitty litter made from recycled wood waste. But saving the earth through kitty litter wasn’t for everyone, and the company couldn’t repay its loan, resulting in legal difficulties.
Over in California, however, Gilo was using his portfolio to fund the Gilo Family Foundation, which donates to the Gilo Center for Citizenship, Democracy and Civic Education at Hebrew University. Hebrew U is notoriously left-wing and the Gilo Center made no bones about being a vehicle for the promotion of the ethnic cleansing of Jews in Judea and Samaria as part of the Left’s agenda of territorial concessions to terrorists.
As Davidi Gilo said in his remarks:
The future plans – to disentangle from the West Bank will I’m sure test the same issues, and focusing on them, bringing them into students’ awareness and teaching them is essential… One of our primary objectives at the Center is to give the teachers tools to confront those issues.
In 2005, the Gilo Center held an international conference in honor of the retirement of Professor Ze’ev Sternhell. Sternhell lived up to the last half of his last name by repeatedly calling for the murder of his political opponents.
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 and called for a civil war within Israel.
Whether through the Democracy Alliance, J Street or the Gilo Center, Davidi Gilo was funding an ugly brand of left-wing radicalism without calling too much attention to himself or to his motives. And the money kept moving through networks of foundations and organizations.
The executive director of the Gilo Family Foundation, Avinoam Armoni, was the former executive director of the New Israel Fund– which is partly Soros funded. On its website the Gilo Center also thanks the NIF for its support.
Gilo’s childhood friend and chairman of Gilo Ventures, Avi Fischer, is on the board of directors of the Israel Democracy Institute. The IDI is Israel’s leading left-wing think tank and the Gilo Center writ large with an even broader range of influence.
Davidi Gilo’s wife, Shamaya Gilo, is also a left-wing radical, a donor to J Street, the Democratic Party and left-wing causes in her own right. And she also has her own foundation, Wings of Change. Together with Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler, she visited Israel on a mission for Ensler’s V-Day organization. Ensler and Fonda have both joined boycotts of Israel.
In April, Shamaya Gilo announced that she was fasting against deficit reduction. “While the minor rumblings of hunger nag at my attention — it strengthens my sense of solidarity,” she wrote.
But the terrorist attacks which kill Israelis and Americans month after month through policies funded and promoted by the Gilo family never quite seem to nag at their attention. Instead, like S. Daniel Abraham and other former Israeli leftists turned American liberal donors, they are doing everything they can to destroy the Jewish state.
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