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New Israel Fund Supports Adalah

Dear Editor:

Adalah is an Israeli-Arab organization founded in 1996, that works “to achieve the individual and collective rights of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel in the following areas: land and planning rights, political and civil rights, economic rights, social and cultural rights and prisoners’ rights. The organization also defends the human rights of Palestinians living under the occupation, based on international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”

According to NGO Monitor, from 2014-2017 the radical American non-profit organization, the New Israel Fund awarded Adalah grants totaling $462,391.

This organization is active in defending terrorists, activities against the anti-boycott law that protects Israeli interests, harming Israel’s ability to deter terror attacks, harming the IDF’s ability to defend itself against the filing of false lawsuits by Palestinians. These activities include joint actions by Adalah and the Palestinian organizations Al-Haq, Al-Mezan Center from Human Rights, DCI-P and PCHR.

These organizations were exposed in a special report, “Terrorists in Suits” published by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs in February 2019. That report details the activities of these Palestinian organizations with respect to the boycott against Israel, as well as the connection between the organizations and terror organizations.

Adalah is active, together with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel working to protect terrorists. On October 11, 2015, Alaa Ziad, an Israeli citizen from Umm al-Fahm, perpetrated a ramming and stabbing attack at the Gan Shmuel intersection. During the attack, the terrorist ran over an Israeli soldier he seriously wounded, Orel Azuri, seriously wounding her, and ran over another soldier. The terrorist then exited the car and stabbed Azuri and two other people. A total of four Israelis were injured in this terror attack. The District Court sentenced the terrorist to 25 years in prison. In August 2017, the Haifa District Court approved a request by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to revoke Ziad’s citizenship.

Adalah and ACRI immediately petitioned the Supreme Court against the District Court decision. So far, the court hasn’t ruled on this petition.

On November 6, 2017, Adalah and Al-Mezan submitted a petition against the IDF. This petition was struck down following the state’s announcement that the bodies of 5 terrorists had been located. The state issued a second notice, clarifying that the bodies would only be returned in exchange for progress on the issue of the Israeli citizens and IDF casualties held in the Gaza Strip.

According to the Israeli Institute for Democracy, the State of Israel has the right to apply conditions to the return of the bodies of Palestinian dead found in the tunnel to their families in an arrangement that will include a response to the identical humanitarian demand of the families of IDF soldiers whose bodies are being held by Hamas. Even so, Adalah, with financing by the New Israel Fund, chose to defend the position of the Gazan terror organizations, which was likely to make the return of the IDF soldiers missing since Operation Cast Lead more difficult.

The New Israel Fund continues to actively support a boycott against Israel. Shamefully their work through Adalah and others harms the State of Israel. We continue to call upon donors to the new Israel Fund, including the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Alisa Doctoroff, Oz Benamram and others to stop supporting these awful organizations.


Ronn Torossian

Praises GOP for Opposing BDS Bill

Dear Editor:

I would like to congratulate House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House leadership, and the many cosponsors for passing the overwhelmingly bipartisan House Resolution 246, which opposes the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. The Republican steadfastness in support of Israel has given this vote the gravity it needed to produce a bipartisan bill which in line with American interests and with the safety and security of our closest ally.

The Resolution opposes the efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global BDS Movement, reaffirming the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship and recognizes the discriminatory and anti-peace nature of BDS, while also emphasizing the importance of a negotiated two-state solution—which BDS opposes. H.Res.246 is a much-needed reminder that although fringe anti-Israel voices in Congress have been gaining media attention, they do not speak for the vast majority of Representatives on either side of the aisle that believe in the right of Israel to exist.


Jack Rosen
President – American
Jewish Congress

“White Jewish Privilege” Does Not Exist

Dear Editor:

The new coalitions of perpetual victims need a bogeyman to blame for their woes and surprise, surprise, they picked the Jews whom they now malign as Privileged Whites.

Victor Hanson, The National Review, ‘Old stereotypes resurface among today’s woke progressives’, “the new, new anti-Semitism… which serves as a unifying progressive bond… that Jews are part of the old guard whose anachronistic standards of (white) privilege block the emerging new constituency of woke Muslims, Blacks, Latinos, feminists, woke celebrities, entertainers, socialists…” Omar, Cortez, Tlaib all unite to malign only Jews who support Israel as “white supremacists.”

White Jewish privilege? We had the ‘privilege’ of being persecuted for centuries by the Catholic Church for rejecting Jesus, denied the right to vote, hold citizenship or own property, rounded up and killed in pogroms throughout the Middle Ages, scattered to the ends of the earth, millions butchered in the Holocaust while the world looked on. For rejecting Islam, Mohamed beheaded, raped and enslaved hundreds of Jews. The few who survived were crowded into inner city ghettos, and denied admission to universities. And today we have the very special ‘White Privilege’ of record numbers of hate crimes against Jews worldwide, more so than any other group.

Yet, despite centuries of hatred and ostracism, we not only survived, we thrived. Why? Because we do have one privilege, unique to Judaism. We have Jewish values and culture which emphasize higher education, achievement, cherishing our children and helping others by contributing to all of the communities we are allowed to live in.

“The American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, and Anti-Defamation League were central to the campaign against racial prejudice. Jews made substantial financial contributions to many civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, Urban League, Congress of Racial Equality. About 50 percent of the civil rights attorneys in the South during the 1960s were Jews, as were over 50 percent of the Whites who went to Mississippi in 1964 to challenge Jim Crow Laws.”

Jews were at the forefront fighting institutionalized racism. Yes, it still exists in more subtle forms but has long since been a major factor in any minority not moving up. Most employers look to fill positions with minorities. Universities are open to all.


Ginette Weiner,
Scottsdale, AZ

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