George Soros-funded Foundations Contribute to Anti-Israel Groups
Billionaire George Soros’ network of foundations contributes tens of millions of dollars annually to groups that wage “political warfare” against Israel, according to a new report.
The report by NGO Monitor tracks the finances of the Open Society Foundations (OSF), which are headquartered in New York City and provide grants to numerous domestic and international programs—including several in the Middle East. OSF’s global network spent almost $910 million in 2012.
Several of the OFS-sponsored groups support boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns against Israel, equate Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with South Africa’s former apartheid regime, and in some cases deny Israel’s right to exist.
One of those groups is Adalah, a human rights organization and litigator for 1.2 million Palestinian Arabs living in Israel that has previously received funding from an OSF branch. Adalah has decried what it views as “racist” laws affecting Palestinian citizens in Israel and compared the “colonial designs” of Israeli settlements to apartheid.
Adalah received $475,950 in 2010 and $204,275 in 2011 from the New Israel Fund, a group with ties to OSF, according to the fund’s financial reports.
Gisha, an Israeli nonprofit organization funded by OSF entities, aims to “protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents,” the group’s website states. The organization routinely contests Israeli security measures in court, such as the blockade of Gaza and other movement restrictions.
Gisha collected $658,000 from OSF entities between 2007 and 2011, according to the report.
“[The funding of groups by OSF entities] suggests a pattern of institutional hostility to Israel that really doesn’t advance the cause of peaceful coexistence and a negotiated settlement,” Alexander Joffe, historian and author of the report, told the Washington Free Beacon.
Soros has criticized Israel and donated large sums to groups that focus their work on criticizing the Jewish state. He awarded his largest ever grant of $100 million to the controversial group Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 2010, after HRW’s founder publicly censured the group over directing the “brunt” of its criticism toward Israel.