Israeli citizens to New Israel Fund: 'Leave us alone already'

Bereaved families, minorities, wounded vets address NIF CEO, telling their personal stories of how they were 'harmed' by the fund.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

A member of the organization Machsom Watch speaks with border policemen at checkpoint
A member of the organization Machsom Watch speaks with border policemen at checkpoint
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In a series of new videos addressed to the CEO of the New Israel Fund, Daniel Sokatch, Israeli citizens tell their personal stories of how they were "harmed" by the fund.

The videos, which were published this week to social media, include testimonies from Druze and Muslim minorities, bereaved parents, a wounded IDF veteran and a resident of the Gaza periphery.

After telling their personal stories, the participants in the video call on Sokatch to leave them alone.

"The New Israel Fund harms me as well," states Israeli-Arab Issam Ottman, whose son Youssef was murdered in a terrorist attack in September 2017.

"The NIF funds millions of dollars to 'Machsom Watch,' which according to testimonies of soldiers at the scene, a 'Machsom Watch' activist caused a disturbance at the checkpoint where the attack occurred and shouted "You're a disgrace" at one of the soldiers, moments before the attack."

"The New Israel Fund's grantee organizations incite against the enlistment of Druze, Christians, and Muslims into the IDF," states Atta Farhat, head of the Druze Zionist Council, in one of the videos.

Liran Baroch, a wounded IDF veteran and head of the "Wounded IDF Veterans Forum for a Secure Israel," says in one of the videos: "While I lost the vision in my left eye because I did not want to harm innocent civilians, this organization that you fund ["Breaking the Silence"] works to call us murderers."

Matan Peleg, CEO of the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu that published the videos, noted the New Israel Fund's extensive funding to what he dubbed "anti-Israel" organizations.

"Over the past several years, the New Israel Fund has provided tens of millions of dollars to anti-Israel organizations that defend terrorists in court, defame IDF soldiers, and delegitimize Israel," said Peleg.

"Despite the NIF's claims to be working on behalf of Israel," continued Peleg, "the reality is that the NIF is the largest umbrella organization of radical Israeli propaganda organizations operating against Israel and IDF soldiers."

All the videos can be watched here.


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