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June 08, 2005

New York Times: Advocacy Journalism for New Israel Fund?

An article in today's New York Times reads like a promo for the New Israel Fund, an advocacy organization that has been criticized for supporting anti-Israel groups and individuals. The article discusses the decision by National Public Radio stations KQED and WNYC to reject underwriting by the New Israel Fund, describing the organization in the same type of laudatory terms the NIF uses to describe itself.

The New Israel Fund, an international foundation based here that raises money to support religious tolerance and civil liberties in Israel...


The New Israel Fund is a 26-year-old organization that in the last year issued grants of about $20 million for social justice and cultural pluralism programs. Over the years it has provided $130 million to more than 700 nonprofit groups in Israel involved in such projects as the elimination of discrimination against Israeli Arabs, the promotion of the peaceful co-existence of Jews and Arabs, and the sponsorship of programs for women's rights and those of marginalized communities like, for example, Ethiopian and Sephardic Jews.

(Hat tip: Mediacrity)

NGO-Monitor describes NIF in somewhat less admiring terms, questioning NIF's funding of groups and individuals committed to the dismantlement of Israel as a Jewish state.

Posted by rh at June 8, 2005 03:44 PM