President Reuven Rivlin participation in Sunday’s Ha’aretz conference in New York, where the grassroots Zionist organization Im Tirtzu revealed that the New Israel Fund (NIF) is behind the funding of numerous organizations that are involved in anti-Israel activity.
One of these organizations, Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtika), is also funded by Palestinian beneficiaries.
The report further reveals that in 2016, The Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat – a Palestinian foundation – is due to fund some 10,000,000 NIS (2,600,000 USD) to bolster the activities of foreign organizations against IDF soldiers and in favor of Palestinian terrorists. In addition, the report reveals that the Palestinian foundation funds a lobbyist in the Knesset by means of the B’Tselem organization.
Im Tirtzu commented: “The President of Israel cannot partake in this event following the revelation of this information. This is the most severe report to ever be compiled against Israeli organizations. It turns out that while we are fighting terrorism – these foreign agent organizations are fighting us. We will urgently consider our next steps, including in the Knesset, in order to eradicate this phenomenon.”
Of the 20 foreign agent organizations examined, 15 are supported by the NIF, 13 receive millions of shekels from Palestinian foundations, and 4 legally defended terrorists or the families of terrorists, some of whom attacked Jews in this most recent wave of terror.
Four of the organizations benefit from 15 National Service positions that provide Israeli draftees a means to fulfill their obligatory national service. In the Jewish state of 2015, one can perform National Service in a foreign agent organization defending terrorists, filing charges against soldiers or defaming Israel in the United Nations with the claim that Israel is an “Apartheid” state.
The report summarizes the activities of these NIF-funded foreign agent organizations in 2015 revealing highly concerning details:
In 2015 alone, these organizations defended 18 terrorists:
HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual filed appeals against the destruction of the houses of 12 terrorists, including the murderer of the Henkins, the murderer of Malachi Rosenfeld, the murderers of Danny Gonen, the murderer of Yeshayahu Krishevsky, and the murderers of Aharon Banita-Bennett and Nehemia Lavi. The access road to Avnei Hefetz, for instance, where a husband and wife were severely injured in a shooting attack on December 9th, 2015, when terrorists opened fire on them from a moving car, was opened following an appeal by HaMoked.
Recently, the Israeli Supreme Court turned down no less than seven appeals filed by HaMoked on behalf of terrorists, including appeals that aimed to prevent the destruction of the houses of truly murderous terrorists, among them the murderers of Danny Gonen, Malachi Rosenfeld and the couple Na’ama and Eitam Henkin. In 2014, HaMoked filed appeals against the destruction of the house of the murderer of Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi. This appeal was turned down as well.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL) worked on behalf of the hunger-striking terrorist Mohammad Allan,45 as well as on behalf of Khader Adnan.6 In addition, PHR-IL appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court to prevent the destruction of the terrorist who murdered Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi that took place in 2014.
Adalah, alongside the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, defended the terrorists Subhi Abu Khalifa and Shuruk Dawiyat, who stabbed Israeli civilians in Jerusalem. In addition, Adalah alongside the radical Palestinian organization Al Dameer represent the family of terrorist Fadi Alloun.
The cooperation between Adalah and Al Dameer (the head of which has participated in terrorist activity) can also be seen in their combined demands to investigate the death of the terrorist Muataz Awisat, among others.
Activities against Israel Defense Forces soldiers and security forces:
Breaking the Silence provided 57 negative testimonies against IDF soldiers. The Palestinian foundation The Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, operating in Ramallah, noted in a report published in 2015 that it paid Breaking the Silence in order to bring them at least one negative testimony against the IDF. Breaking the Silence provided 57 testimonies.
Hamas admitted this past year that is used the Breaking the Silence report on Operation Protective Edge for the purposes of its warfare against Israel. In 2015, the organization held at least 9 events around the world, whose purpose was to accuse the IDF of committing war crimes. Two of the events took place in Scotland. One was under the auspices of the anti-Israeli organization MAP (Medical Aid for Palestine).
The other was for the radical anti-Israeli party SNP (Scottish National Party). Additional events took place in Zurich – Switzerland, Luxemburg, Madrid – Spain, three events in the United States, 678 Holland, and more.
Adalah filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Al Midan Theater in Haifa, which presented the play “A Parallel Time” that deals with materials edited and inspired by the terrorist Walid Daka, one of the murderers of the kidnapped soldier Moshe Tamam.
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel is working on making it harder for Israeli security forces to interrogate terrorists.
The CEO of the organization, Yishai Menuhin, accuses the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israel Security Agency agents of forced recruitment of agents, preparing a targeted killings list, performing executions, and torture.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel accuses the IDF of intentionally firing on Palestinian medical teams and termed the wave of terror a “wave of protest.”
Other activities carried out this year:
1. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) works towards restoring permission for terrorists in Israeli prisons to resume academic studies.
2. Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement works towards cancelling the prohibition banning importing (commercial levels) of materials which can be used for terror tunnels.
3. The Palestinian foundation from Ramallah reported that it funded a lobbyist in the Knesset for B’Tselem.
4. The legal counsel for Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights, [Michael Sfard] defended elements of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in Federal Court in New York this past year.
5. Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement published an international report placing full responsibility for the situation in the Gaza Strip on Israel.
6. Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement filed frequent appeals to the Israeli Supreme Court against Israel’s policy on the Gaza Strip in order to lift the limitations and restrictions on the Gaza Strip, this despite the security situation.
7. The Acting Director of Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, Tania Hary, spoke before the members of the United Nations Security Council against Israel’s actions and the blockade it imposes on the Gaza Strip.
8. Kav LaOved–Worker’s Hotline works towards granting Israeli citizenship to illegal immigrants in Israel.