Several weeks ago, an activist for disabled children, “Shlomit,” attended a seminar conducted by the New Israel Fund. She self-identifies as “left-wing, Zionist, and religious,” and she supports criticism of Israel. But she was unprepared for an NIF event in which she was surrounded by
activists who negated the State of Israel’s existence. With people who want to annihilate the State without ruling out violent means, who believe that the State of Israel was born out of sin and who apologize for its existence, who loathe Israel and its symbols, who justify harming Israel, its soldiers and all its institutions, who devote their lives and efforts towards turning Israel into a bi or multi-national country. In fact the above is inaccurate. These people are fighting for one nationality alone – Palestinian. These same people oppose communal or civil national service for Arabs within the State. They also equate Israel’s actions with those of Nazi Germany.
Ben-Dror Yemini, writing in Ma’ariv, added the following commentary:
NIF — no one understands you. When you say that you are for a Jewish democratic state, but you support organizations that work with all their might against a Jewish democratic state — no one understands you. When you say that you do not participate in the campaign to boycott Israel, but you fund organizations that support the boycott — no one understands you. When you say that you do not participate in the demonization of Israel, but your president says that “Israel is carrying out a massacre”- no one understands you.
Now Shlomit too does not understand NIF. At least she is in good company. She understands perfectly. You, NIF, are having trouble understanding…
You are like an ambulance rushing to help someone injured in a car crash who runs over several hundred people on the way. And the ambulance driver doesn’t understand what they want from him — “Me? But, my motives were pure.”
Hat Tip: World Jewish Daily