US Government Funds Radical Israeli NGOs


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 Wikileaks we 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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  • TOM

    THIS IS AN ISRAELI NOT AN AMERICAN PROBLEM.
    THE U.S. REQUIRES AGENCIES WORKING FOR FORIEGN GOVERNMENTS TO REGISTER
    AS FORIEGN AGENTS .
    UPON BEING SWORN INTO THE KNESET ZOABI , AND TIBI LED ALL OF THE ARAB MK'S IN
    A WALKOUT WHEN THE HATIKVA PLAYED .
    ISRAEL SHOULD GET IT'S OWN HOUSE IN ORDER.

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      So what do you suggest the Israelis do about this?"

      • Gee

        The same as the US – require all organizations that get any foreign funding to register as foreign agents. If they engage in actions counter to government policy they are too outlaws and their leadership arrested for treason

        • crackerjack

          Where would that leave AIPAC?

          • Phil

            You are an idiot. AIPAC is funded through donations–period. It is upfront about its goals and only schmucks like you make baseless accusations.

          • Gee

            Like all other AMERICAN PACs.

            AIPAC gets exactly zero dollars from overseas.

            Unlike EVERY Muslim PAC which are funded by Saudi Arabia and other Islamofascist regimes

        • AnOrdinaryMan

          This is a good idea, but it won't happen in Israel; unless the right gets more power, and institutes some badly needed reform in how Israel is governed. Israeli society is controlled by special interests.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Too bad zoabi and tibi and the rest didn't walk out of Israel too.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The radical left in Israel surely rivals the radical left outside its shores. Not only that, but they operate in tandem, each gorging off the other, In fact, the so called "social justice" tent protests would hardly have come to pass, if not for the subervise links between Israeli & radical left NGO's far from its shores – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma… …leftist dogma is the same world over.

    It suits Washington's radical leftists well to egg on the internal fifth column in our midst. Both have the same goal – the "dismemberment" of Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/12/israeli-appea

    Sach ha'kol, without the collusion of Israel's hard left, and the inability of the so called right to push back, the U.S. would be hard pressed to infiltrate Israeli NGO's. Why? Because the tolerance level would be so low for said subversion, the costs of "doing business" wouldn't be worth it.

    By the way, Washington has a lot of explaining to do here too, as the terror imbued ISM is a 501 (c)3 tax-exempt entity on the American dime – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/03/the-nexus-bet
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • jimi belton

      Adina, thanks for this great report….If we are to live by the rules, many of our lying scum liberals would be imprisioned for taking foreign money…..Starting with Hus-sian 0`zero….As i truely think he is just a communist Puppet of the Saud family…May YH watch over Israel and bless you…..Jimi, a Christian Zionist

  • rivkah f.

    Tom is right. These organizations which could not exist without funding from the European Union or the U.S. or other governments should register as foreign agents in Israel, like they would have to in the U.S. That law does not exist here and it took a long time to pass the Transparency Law which requires these NGOS to declare where they get their money from. Israel has displayed lots of naivete and lack of understanding about what these groups are up to. There is much greater awareness now. But not enough.

  • SIlver Gonzalez

    American elites/banksters are devils. Nothing more to say.

  • Imri Engels

    One member of the "board" of Keshev, one who can serve to illustrate the character of the whole site, is "Prof." Dov Shinar, Dean, the School of Communication, Netanya Academic College (a minor Israeli community college). Shinar is a member of the central committee of Israel's communist party and is not a professor.

  • Rostislav

    As "None Dare Call It Treason" and many other sources' documents show, during the last half-century American taxpayers had been obediently funding quite a lot of extravagant things already, from barbed wire for our GULAG to naval operations against Cuban anti-Communists, so why should they make a sudden exception for the Israeli radicals? Anything for the dear Big Governmental Brother, just keep us happy and smiling… Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    I have been arguing that antisemitism can't be solved by any changes in "Jewish" behavior. The Left is the same the world over, and it hates the rule of "finance capital". See http://clarespark.com/2012/09/29/index-to-blogs-o…. "Index to blogs on antisemitism." There are parts of the Left, however, that are so extreme that they are spurned by the more respectable leftists. Those mentioned in this article don't seem to be in the more respectable and learned category.

    • Lady_Dr

      What are you talking about "more respectable and learned catagory."? There is nothing respectable about trying to undermine and destroy the government of your own country – that is on a whole different level from disagreeing and confronting. Read the article again.

      • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

        You seem to be angry with me for suggesting that there is a respectable Left. I have no patience with uncritical national chauvinism. On the other hand, I am not a Leftist either. I was pointing out that there are segments of the Left that are so bizarre and mad (terrorists and deep ecologists for instance) that other parts of the Left disavow any connection with them.

        • Mark

          It's difficult to have intelligent discussion in the comments section because there are too many extreme far right individuals and religious fundamentalists who regularly make comments. I don't believe such individuals are capable of intelligent discussion. The articles on this site are worth reading but not very many of the comments add anything worth reading. Too many people leave comments on this site in order to vent irrational anger toward others who make intelligent comments such as individuals like you and some times even hate toward entire religious groups. I'm getting sick of it myself. Your points are well taken. Thank you for adding to the discussion if you can really call it a discussion.

          • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

            Thanks Mark. I am in entire agreement with your comment. Internet venting is unacceptable, though understandable.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    .
    ..Doing the Chicago Shakedown…..

  • America first

    Lets talk instead about how the so called "Jewish state" siphons money from the average goyim taxpayer. Israel is a parasite.

    • Andy Lewis

      Siphon this.

  • Truth

    Are American universities supporting radical anti- Israel pressure groups ?

    American university students and faculty, through a university-supported program, have met with the "terror imbued " ISM, Hamas and the CEO of B'Tselem

    These indoctrination programs are marketed as " holistic education"!
    See http://www.ha- emet.com

  • Cylia

    I for one would like to know how is George Soros connected with these groups?

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    And don't call me Shirley.