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New Israel Fund

The New Israel Fund has shown many instances of poor judgment, as NGO Monitors detailed analyses demonstrate. The large scale NIF support for what are often termed "civil rights" groups seeks to impose the American experience on the very different reality of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The October, 2007 NIForum (a week-long series of events across the USA) is a timid response to the growing dissatisfaction with and criticism of NIF. If they were serious, NIF leaders would hold a really open Forum, and welcome the long-overdue public debate.

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) claims to advance “social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.” The Fund’s Peacebuilding program, which approves grants related to the Arab-Israel conflict, aims to “advance just and durable peace by supporting innovative and collaborative approaches and policies for conflict prevention, management, and transformation; strengthening constituencies and political will for conflict transformation and durable peace; and exploring solutions to emerging transnational threats and drivers of conflict.”

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Grassroots International (Boston)

While Grassroots International states that it “stands with the nonviolent Palestinian struggle for self-determination and human rights, particularly the human rights to land, water and food sovereignty,” it provides funding to a number of NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict with ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

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Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The condemnation by Joe Stork of Human Rights Watch (HRW) of Israels response to rocket bombardment from Gaza exploits and distorts international law. His claim that Gaza remains occupied is a politically based fiction designed to negate Israels legal and moral right to self-defense. Further, there is no legal or moral precedent for a country to be forced to provide a hostile neighbor with the means to continue attacks on its territory and against its civilians. HRWs statement is a moral muddle that further undermines the universality of human rights.

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