An NGO which has been singled out by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as a threat to Israel’s survival was designated as a conduit for donations from the Anne Frank Foundation, according to media reports on Thursday.
The New Israel Fund announced Wednesday, on the eve of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, that a foundation established by the father of Jewish diarist Anne Frank will send all of its grants to Israel through the NIF.
In early April, Netanyahu accused the NIF of influencing Rwanda to refuse deported illegal migrants, torpedoing the program in that country.
He charged that the NGO, which provides funding to a long list of leftwing groups in Israel, “endangers the security and future of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.”
Netanyahu said that “the overarching goal of the New Israel Fund is to erase the Jewish character of Israel…alongside a Palestinian nation-state free of Jews on the 1967 lines, with its capital in Jerusalem.”
The list of the NIF’s beneficiaries in Israel in recent years included such controversial groups as Breaking the Silence, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, B’tselem, Yesh Din, Neve Shalom, the Leo Baeck Center in Haifa, the Tag Meir anti-racism organization, and others. Among other things, they have accused IDF soldiers of war crimes, represented Palestinians in various land disputes in Yehudah and Shomron, and generally supported the Palestinians against the Israeli government.
The Anne Frank Foundation said in a statement: “Anne Frank’s writing became a symbol of justice, respect, and accepting differences to all of humanity. These values are the pillars of NIF’s work in promoting a State of Israel that is more democratic, and an Israeli society that is more just. The new partnership will strengthen the work of our two organizations and imbue Israeli society with these values.”