Left-wing activist billionaire George Soros is facing sharp criticism from Israel’s UN ambassador for funneling more than $15 million to a network of non-governmental organizations that allegedly support Hamas.
“George Soros’ donations to organizations that seek the destruction of the state of Israel as a Jewish state are shameful. However, I am not surprised,” Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan told Fox News Digital.
Hamas launched a full-scale invasion of southern Israel on October 7, resulting in the mass murder of 1,200 people, including more than 30 Americans. Hamas also took more than 200 hostages. American citizens were among the citizens kidnapped by the jihadist terrorist entity.
“For years, Soros has supported and funneled money to BDS-supporting organizations that want to isolate Israel,” added Erdan, who is leading the diplomatic campaign at the UN to outline Hamas’ crimes against humanity. “They were never about real peace or any solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
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BDS is an acronym for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign targeting the Jewish state. The German and Austrian parliaments have characterized BDS as an anti-Semitic movement similar to the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses during the nascent phase of the Holocaust.
Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of “The Soros Agenda,” told Fox News Digital, “Support for pro-Palestinian groups in the U.S. is not limited to foreign entities. It also comes directly and indirectly from U.S.-based foundations. George and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) of Alexander Soros is one of them.’
“Shortly after taking office in the White House, Biden appointed Robert Maley as his special envoy to Iran,” Ehrenfeld wrote in her book. “Malley is the former president and CEO of the Brussels-based Soros-funded International Crisis Group, which, like Soros, criticizes Israel and praises Hamas.”
The US and the European Union have designated Hamas a foreign terrorist organization. A number of recent investigations have claimed to show that OSF funneled significant funds to hard-line anti-Israel NGOs allegedly pro-Hamas.
Fox News Digital reported in October on Biden’s now-suspended envoy to Iran, Maley, for his push to engage with U.S.-designated terrorist movements Hamas and Lebanon-based Hezbollah.
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“There is so much misinformation about them. … I talk to them and my colleagues talk to them [Hamas]and now we may disagree with them, but they have their own sense…none of them is crazy.” Malley said in the film “Cultures of Resistance”.
The New York Post noted last month that Soros has funneled more than $15 million to groups that are anti-Israel and carry water for the Hamas agenda.
OSF donated $13.7 million to the California-based Tidal Center, some of whose recipients are nonprofits that allegedly advocate for the elimination of the Jewish state.
Tides supports the Illinois-based Adalah Justice Project, which posted a photo on Instagram of a bulldozer demolishing Israel’s security fence on the day of the bloody Hamas massacre with the caption: “Israeli settlers thought they could trap indefinitely two million people in an open air prison … no cage goes unchallenged.”
When pressed in a series of questions from the Fox News Digital press about whether Soros’s philanthropic empire, OSF, considers Hamas a terrorist organization, a London-based OSF spokesman declined to answer.
The OSF spokesman, however, said that “Open Society Foundations absolutely condemns the brutal attacks on Israeli civilians on October 7. We are sorry for the lives lost and the injured and the hostages and their families. Like many others around the world today, we also feel the same pain for the Palestinian citizens whose lives are now being lost in tragically increasing numbers due to the conflict.”
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The OSF spokesman added: “There must be accountability for the war crimes and violations of humanitarian law that have occurred.”
When asked about accusations that OSF funds pro-Hamas NGOs, the OSF spokesman noted: “Any of our grantees have different views and usually disagree with each other, but our funding strategy, which has evolved over 20 years, aims for a secure future where rights and freedoms are respected. There are strict US anti-terrorism laws that determine which organizations a foundation like OSF can fund. We are working hard to ensure full compliance.”
In 2007, Soros wrote an opinion piece for the Financial Times criticizing the US and Israeli governments for not recognizing Hamas as the legitimate government of the Gaza Strip.
OSF has also funded two progressive NGOs called Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and IfNotNow. On the day Hamas massacred 1,200 people, the JVP issued a statement that “the source of all this violence” was “Israeli apartheid and occupation — and the complicity of the United States in that oppression.”
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The names of Jewish NGOs are misleading, leading anti-Semitism experts argue. The Jewish NGO Anti-Defamation League wrote that “Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a radical anti-Israel and anti-Zionist activist group that supports the boycott of Israel and the elimination of Zionism.”
Zionism is the founding philosophy of the Jewish state.
The ADL added, “The JVP does not represent the mainstream Jewish community, which it views as fanatical about its association with Israel.” OSF has pumped at least $650,000 into JVP funds since 2017.
According to the ADL, the Detroit chapter of IfNotNow released a flyer that showed an image of a paraglider, a clear reference to the Hamas terrorists who invaded Israel as part of their aerial campaign to exterminate the Jews. IfNotNow is one of the main organizers of the US-based campaign against Israel since Oct. 7, the ADL noted. According to reports, IfNotNow received $400,000 from Soros’ OSF.
JVP, which was founded in California, supported Hamas’s animated “Great Return March” in 2018, a precursor to the October 7, which was a series of attempts by Palestinians in Gaza to invade Israel by breaching its border security barrier.
OSF provides funds to obscure Jewish NGOs whose mission is to exploit their Jewish identity to turn bashing Israel (and supporting terrorism) into a politically and socially correct campaign, according to critics like Joshua Muravchik.
Writing in the Jewish magazine Commentary, he noted: “Developing its ‘Jewish’ identity to attack Israel is the JVP’s purpose, one might say. anti-Semitism.”
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Soros’ son Alex recently took over the reins of his father’s $25 billion fortune. In June, Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Social Equality, Amichai Chikli, told Fox News Digital, “it seems that the son is a copy of his father. We have no expectation that his son will be a great Zionist.“
Fox News Digital has reached out to JVP, The Tides Center and IfNotNow for comment. They did not immediately respond.