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Thursday, February 4, 2010

This deserves a Shehecheyanu! B"H the tide is really turning. I hope those US$ 40 million donated by the Ford Foundation since 2004 to the NIF, and the SHARING OF DIRECTORS, will be thoroughly investigated too! Check out FORD FOUNDATION on the blog, AND READ THE FULL "IM TIRZU" REPORT BELOW

Knesset Subcommittee will Investigate New Israel Fund

Shevat 19, 5770, 03 February 10 06:41
by Gil Ronen
( The Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee voted Wednesday to appoint a special subcommittee to inquire into the matter of contributions to Israeli NGOs from foreign governments and organizations. The decision comes after  research by the Im Tirtzu movement, which found that the New Israel Fund finances most of the Israeli NGOs which testified against Israel in the Goldstone Committee.
The nationalist members in the committee voted in favor of Committee Chairman David Rotem's motion for establishing the subcommittee. MKs Danny Danon, Tzipi Hotobeli and Carmel Shama of Likud were joined by Michael Ben Ari (National Union) and Uri Makleb (United Torah Judaism). Shlomo Mula and Yisrael Hasson of Kadima voted against the motion, as did Dov Chenin (Hadash) and Taleb A-Sana (Raam-Taal).
MK Danny Danon said that "the committee will have to act swiftly in order to remove the strategic threat that the New Israel Fund poses to Israel."
MK Zevulun Orlev, who is usually moderate in his choice of words, reacted angrily to claims by left-wing MKs that the committee was an act of persecution, saying: "Where are all the Zionist movements of yore? Where is HaShomer HaTzair? From a movement of settlers, of exalted commanders, you have turned into informers, snitchers."
The New Israel Fund's Israel office is headed by former Meretz MK Naomi Chazan.
Im Tirtzu is jubilant
The Im Tirtzu movement, which initiated the campaign which led to the inquiry, was jubilant. It said it would now end its advertising and media campaign. "Today is a day of rejoicing for all of the IDF's officers and soldiers who were hounded by the New Israel Fund," the group stated.
"We express our support for the dramatic decision by the Constitution Committee to establish a committee that will investigate the New Israel Fund's organizations," it added. "We proved after a tough David vs. Goliath battle that sometimes David wins, too. In Israel of 2010, it turns out that a small group of students and reservists can successfully remove the mask from a fund with an annual turnover of dozens of millions of dollars, which wound up in the hands that are the living spirit behind the Goldstone report." 
Ronen Shoval, Chairman of Im Tirtzu, told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service that further research has revealed that Judge Richard Goldstone was patently unsuited to head the UN investigation against Israel in the first place, because he himself is a member of virulently anti-Israeli organizations.
"To our great surprise," Shoval said, "we found that three organizations that Goldstone is a member of are patently anti-Israeli ones."
All roads lead to Ford Foundation
One such organization is the International Center for Transitional Justice, which accuses Israel in its website of grave violations of international law, including 'extrajudicial executions, prolonged administrative detention, torture, forced displacement (often repeated), extensive property confiscation and destruction, movement restrictions, and collective punishment, much of this within the framework of a four-decade-long occupation.'" 
Goldstone has been a member of the ICTJ's Board of Directors since 2004. Shoval added that Goldstone is a signatory on a document issued by ICTJ six months before he was appointed to head the famous UN committee of inquiry, in which the ICTJ expresses "shock at the crimes against civilians" in Operation Cast Lead. The group received $7.5 million from the Ford Foundation in 2006-7. 
In addition, Shoval charged, Goldstone is a member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights, which accused Israel of war crimes before the Goldstone Report was issued. It, too, is funded by the Ford Foundation.
As exposed by Professor Gerald Steinberg of NGO Monitor, Goldstone was also a member of the Board of Directors of a third group, Human Rights Watch as late as July 2008. The organization accused Israel of war crimes well before the Goldstone Commission was appointed. HRW also receives hundreds of thousands of dollars annually from the Ford Foundation.
Shoval explained that the research shows that Goldstone has been working for organizations funded by the Ford Foundation, as is the New Israel Fund, but this did not prevent him from extensively quoting, in his report,  organizations funded by the same Ford Foundation.

PS: read the talkbacks on this article: they are good . Arutz7.


SHmuel says:

Every sabotage way the unJews can pull, particularly the Peresites and their islamic brothers, will be pulled.
Peres, Barak, Oppenheimer, Sana, Beinish and her walkyrias, the islamics as a block, the "mediahhhh", all of the repugnant traitors will jump to stop it.
We must tear that pestilence out.

bill writes:


He also wrote earlier:


To which

DS responded:
The truth is, this is not my battle at all; this is OUR  battle.

Just a teeny tiny bit so far! We need to see actual results, such as the Reshaim being punished, but that is asking too much at this stage; still it is a huge step forward. thank you anyway, and thanks to Hashem, Who makes this possible.


Mainstream Media News Blackout on New Israel Fund Inquiry

Shevat 20, 5770, 04 February 10 06:06
by Gil Ronen
( It was a short, sweet victory: a small grassroots movement of students and IDF reservists, Im Tirtzu, launched a savvy and aggressive campaign against the New Israel Fund, for its support of NGOs that besmirched Israel and were quoted in the Goldstone report. Aided by information from Prof. Gerald Steinberg's NGO Monitor, Im Tirtzu exposed the fact that the NIF receives much of its money from the Ford Foundation – which also aids vehemently anti-Israeli Arab groups – and disburses millions of dollars annually to Israeli groups that accuse the IDF of war crimes and support anti-Israel campaigns abroad.
The Im Tirtzu campaign began with an extensive report on their findings in Friday's Maariv newspaper, by prominent journalist Ben Caspit. Apparently knowing in advance that the rest of Israel's media outlets would try to suppress the news, Im Tirtzu bought advertisements that rammed its message across for four straight days this week. The campaign, which could not be ignored, caused a frenzy and by day's end Wednesday Im Tirzu declared victory: a Knesset debate was held and a subcommittee of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee was created to investigate their claims.
However, Israelis who tuned in to the Wednesday evening newscasts on Channels 2 and 10 – the only commercial television channels with news programs – saw and heard nothing about the event. The parliamentary vote on creating the subcommittee was not even mentioned verbally in either channel's newscast. Mabat, the news program of state-run Channel 1, covered the public storm and parliamentary vote with a short item, 22 minutes into the newscast.
While Maariv's Caspit and some pundits on the newspaper's website supported Im Tirtzu, other columnists in Maariv and elsewhere attacked Im Tirtzu and the journalists who supported it, calling it an “extreme right-wing group” and accusing it of using Nazi-type propaganda against the NIF's chairwoman, Naomi Chazan, because its advertisements featured a caricature of her with a horn on her forehead, charging at the Israeli flag. The caricature was based on a play of words on the Hebrew word keren which means both 'horn' and 'fund'.
Im Tirtzu's chairman Ronen Shoval said in an e-mail message to supporters Wednesday that the New Israel Fund had threatened to sue news outlets that carried stories attacking it and that Im Tirtzu had also received threatening messages.

2/7/10 ADDENDUM:

THE NIF AND THE NEXT WAR By CAROLINE GLICK Jerusalem Post forwarded with commentary by Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East Analyst & Commentator

The history of WW2 speaks at length about Adolph Hitler’s efforts to seed subversives to cripple the Free World’s efforts to fight the Nazi Conquest.
Similarly, Josef Stalin’s Communists had their subversive Fifth Column to weaken America by planting their subversives inside America, including starting anti-American policies in other countries.
The following very credible (as always) article by Caroline Glick speaks to the same issue of subversives planted (or grown) in Israel, who are dedicated to first weakening the Jewish Nation/State aimed at causing her collapse - unable to face her hostile surrounding neighbors.
While we are totally aware of our Muslim Arab neighbors, we are less so about the European nation that fund and politically assist the Leftist "Fifth Column" inside of Israel.
Regrettably, I must include the Arabist State Department as a large source of funds to these subversive organizations but, includes President Barack Hussein Obama who has demonstrably bonded with Muslims against the Jewish Nation/State. Obama was not the first oil-based President as in past years to oversee the funding of Islamic Terrorists - like Yassir Arafat, god-father of Modern Terrorism - and even anti-Israel so-called Jewish NGOs.
IF Israel is to survive these organizations, they must be shut down and then put the remains under the rock from which they emerged.
Despite orders from the U.S. State Department, Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu must clear his house of subversives who are the moles who represent the enemy within.

Feb. 2, 2010
The government has an opportunity to clear the way for any future war to end not only in military victory, but in political victory for Israel as well.
A regional war may well be approaching. The actions and statements of Iran and its Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian proxies over the past week or so indicate that this is what Israel’s enemies are gunning for.
In preparing for this growing threat, Israel’s leaders need to consider more than just the military challenges it faces. They must consider the political actors at home and abroad that limit the IDF’s ability to fight to victory and develop strategies for neutralizing those actors.
The latest developments are menacing. Last Saturday, Iran’s unelected president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened to open up a new round of hostilities on February 11. Then Wednesday, Iran launched a new missile into space. Israeli and US missile experts claim that the missile launch signals that Iran is developing intercontinental ballistic missiles and building the capacity to launch nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles.
Following the missile launch, Syria’s president and foreign minister issued incendiary comments threatening Israel with war. Notably, they did so the same day the US informed Syria of its intention to send an ambassador to Damascus for the first time in five years.
Hamas, for its part, sent barrels of explosives drifting to the Israeli coastline – exposing new ways it can kill us. And Fatah, for its part, decided to kiss Hamas’s ring this week. Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath’s obsequious visit to Gaza Wednesday was a graphic demonstration of Hamas’s preeminence in Palestinian society.
Then there is Hezb’allah. In a speech on January 15, Hezb’allah leader Hassan Nasrallah pledged that the next war will "change the face of the region."
This may not be an exaggeration. It isn’t simply that under the blind eye of UN peacekeepers Hezb’allah has replenished and expanded its arsenal to include long-range missiles. It isn’t simply that in the three and half years since the war Hezb’allah has taken control over the Lebanese government. Hezb’allah has also built up a formidable ground force. In the event of war, these forces may be deployed as an expeditionary force inside northern Israel.
And if the precedent of former MK Azmi Bishara – who fled Israel after learning that he was about to be indicted for serving as a Hezb’allah agent in the 2006 war – is any indication of Hezb’allah’s modus operandi, Israel may also face Israeli Arab fifth columnists assisting Hezb’allah forces inside the country.
Assuming for the moment that the IDF and the government are prepared to contend with these mounting military threats, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his colleagues must take the necessary steps to withstand and minimize the effectiveness of the far left’s expected political warfare against Israel. As the past decade has made clear, the aim of that warfare is to delegitimize Israel’s right to defend itself in order to make it impossible for Israel to pursue the war to military and political victory.
As in the military arena, so in the political arena, Israel’s foes have grown from nuisances into strategic threats over the past decade. The UN-sponsored Goldstone Report, which effectively denies Israel’s right to defend itself and criminalizes its military efforts to secure its citizenry and its territory, is evidence of the gravity of the threat Israel faces as our leaders plan for the coming war.
On this latter plane, the past week has been an eventful and hopeful one. The latest developments offer guidance for how the government must proceed as the winds of war blow ever stronger. Late last week, the Zionist student movement Im Tirzu published a detailed report demonstrating that 16 anti-Zionist NGOs funded by the post-Zionist New Israel Fund worked hand in glove with the UN Human Rights Council and Richard Goldstone to bring about the establishment of the Goldstone committee and give credibility to its allegations that Israel committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead. According to the Im Tirtzu report, 92 percent of Israeli allegations that Israel committed war crimes in its campaign against Hamas came from these 16 NIF-funded organizations.
Im Tirtzu’s report was prominently covered by Ma’ariv last weekend. The media coverage provoked calls in the Knesset this week to investigate the NIF and its operational arms in Israel, both through regular committee hearings and perhaps through a parliamentary investigative panel.
These calls are extraordinary because they represent the first time in a decade that the legitimacy of these NGOs has been seriously scrutinized.
Since the Palestinians began their terror war against Israel in September 2000, NIF-sponsored groups have worked steadily to intimidate political leaders, law enforcement officials and military commanders to toe their anti-Zionist line. In the wake of the PLO-incited riots in the Israeli Arab sector in October 2000, the overtly anti-Zionist NIF-funded Adalah group agitated for the formation of the Orr Commission. Charged with investigating the police who quelled the rioting rather than the rioters whose violence forced the prolonged closure of major highways to Jewish traffic throughout the country, the Orr Commission had a devastating impact on the police’s morale and organizational culture.
Adalah successfully cowed the Barak government into agreeing to rules of inquiry for the commission that denied police officers even minimal rights of due process. They were not allowed to confront or question their accusers. In the aftermath of the commission’s public hearings – which amounted to little more than show trials – the careers of several dedicated officers were destroyed. As a consequence, police commanders began curtailing their law enforcement activities in Arab villages. Everything from illegal building to livestock theft to incitement to war against Israel has gone uninvestigated and unpunished.
Furthermore, the Adalah-instigated and orchestrated Orr Commission empowered the most radical voices in Israeli Arab society. Supported by Arab political leaders, Adalah published a manifesto calling for the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state. Bishara’s suspected espionage for Hizbullah, and the legal establishment’s self-evident fear of prosecuting him for treason, are also the direct consequence of the Orr Commission.
As for the IDF, NIF-funded organizations have played a key role in organizing the weekly riots at flashpoints like Ni’ilin and Bi’ilin and in the recent expansion of these riots to other places in Judea and Samaria like Neveh Tzuf. Supported by anti-Israel activists from Europe and the US, these riots have had a devastating impact on the IDF’s morale and its ability to defend Israeli communities.
The NIF-funded pro-Palestinian group B’Tselem provides the rioters with video cameras with which they regularly shoot distorted footage. Their canned films portray Israeli civilians seeking to defend themselves from the rioters as attackers. They portray IDF soldiers trying to keep order and protect Israeli civilians as violent bullies. B’Tselem gives these films to its supporters in the Israel media, which broadcast them as credible footage and demand that the IDF open investigations against its officers for carrying out lawful orders.
On the defensive, the IDF is compelled to curtail its operations and Israeli civilians, now demonized, are viewed as legitimate targets for terror attacks. One recent film of the rioting outside Neveh Tzuf posted on YouTube shows border policemen simply fleeing the scene and leaving the residents of the community to fend for themselves.
Im Tirtzu’s offensive against the NIF sparked outraged protest among the NIF’s supporters on the far left in Israel and in the US. Everyone from Ma’ariv’s in-house anti-Zionist reporters Maya Bengal and Meirav David to J Street have piled on, attacking Im Tirtzu’s financial backers and seeking to demonize the organization by referring to it as extremist, far right, racist, fascist, out-of-the-mainstream and all the other routine far-left terms used to demonize Zionists.
What is most encouraging about the aftershocks of the Im Tirtzu report is that the Left’s attempts to demonize it have so far failed. Indeed, the loudest voices calling for an investigation of NIF and its sponsored organizations have been MKs from Kadima.
The harsh truth is that the main cause of Israel’s poor performance in Cast Lead and the Second Lebanon War was the Olmert government’s ideological dependence on the far left and its central contention that it is Israel’s presence in contested areas rather than our enemies’ commitment to Israel’s destruction that causes wars. Owing to their allegiance to this falsehood, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni were unable to prosecute the wars to victory militarily, justify the limited steps they did take to defend Israel diplomatically, or discredit the rising chorus of Israeli NGOs arguing that Israel had no right to defend itself politically.
Since Cast Lead, however, two important things have happened. First Kadima was replaced by the Likud. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rightly recognized the Goldstone Report as a strategic attack against Israel. If Israel has no right to defend itself; if its moves to do constitute war crimes, then Israel cannot fight, cannot win and will be destroyed. Rather than give credence to the report, Netanyahu has made discrediting it one his primary aims in office. And to counteract its force, among other things, for the first time since the start of the Oslo peace process with the PLO, Israel’s government is asserting the Jewish people’s right to Judea and Samaria.
Beyond that, Kadima itself has changed its tune. Now in the opposition, Kadima no longer needs to defend its rejected plan to unilaterally withdraw from Judea and Samaria. Mahmoud Abbas’s refusal of Olmert’s offers to withdraw Israelis civilians and military personnel from nearly all of Judea and Samaria and to cede sovereignty in Jerusalem discredited the notion that it is possible to make peace with the Palestinians. Most importantly, the fact that Goldstone castigates Livni and Olmert as war criminals requires Kadima to fight all forces – including the far left it previously supported – that give credibility to Goldstone.
These developments clear the way for the Netanyahu government to take steps to neutralize the potency of these groups. The government should move swiftly to order the police and the IDF to enforce the law against these groups and their allies. It must also provide the political support to police and military commanders in the field to empower them fulfill their orders without fear that they will be persecuted for doing their jobs.
If the government seizes the opportunity to weaken these subversive groups, not only will it be making it clear that the political open season on Israel is over. It will be clearing the way for any future war to end not only in military victory, but in political victory for Israel as well.
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UPDATE February 9, 2010: 



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