A complaint was filed with the Jerusalem police against the New Israel Fund (NIF) today following a rejection by the city of Jerusalem of their proposed ads, which were rejected for incitement to violence or to terrorism, and of publishing libelous speech with the intent to cause harm.
NIF attempted to place ads throughout Jerusalem in which a picture of the late Prime Minister Rabin appears with the text “They already dealt with this planted agent.”
The NIF’s campaign attempts to spin the Israeli public following the arrest of a left-wing extremist, Ezra Nawi for turning in to the Palestinian authorities Arab citizens who chose to sell land to Jews, and it was revealed that “Breaking the Silence” gave Nawi cash in order to organize protests against soldiers, and the ties between “Breaking the Silence” and the BDS movement against Israel.
It is believed NIF attempted to run these ads to accuse “Im Tirtzu,” an Israeli NGO, of Rabin’s assassination.
Matan Peleg, Chairman of the Im Tirtzu movement who filed the police complaint, stated:
The New Israel Fund (NIF), despite its misleading name, is an American fund which has supported, since its inception and with millions of dollars, radical and extremist organizations which deal with inciting against Israel Defense Forces soldiers and in persecuting IDF officers. It also promotes the boycott of Israel products and strives to isolate Israel from the rest of the international community.
“Breaking the Silence,” "Adalah," “B’tselem,” the "Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)," “Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights,” “Musawa - The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession,” “Machsom Watch” and others are merely a few of the organizations which the New Israel Fund (NIF) funds.
According to the Smith Research Institute, it was found that 53% of Israeli society would like to see the New Israel Fund banned as an extremist organization.
Prominent American donors to NIF include Temple Israel of White Plains, Alisa Doctoroff, President of UJA-Federation and The Jim Joseph Foundation.