New Israel Fund Fights Back

from The Forward:

Embattled New Israel Fund Fights Back

Under attack as a subversive, anti-Israel group, the New Israel Fund, the largest financial supporter of human rights groups in Israel, has opted to respond by rallying supporters of a progressive agenda in Israel.

Adopting a notably combative tone under new leadership, the American-based charity is depicting an accusatory report by a new Israeli organization – trumpeted in a front-page story in Maariv, a major Israeli daily – as the last straw in a series of attacks against like-minded groups.

But as members of Israel’s Knesset called for hearings to look into the report’s charges, NIF’s effort to rally a broad range of Jewish groups to its side met with only limited initial success.