Central Fund of Israel

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The Central Fund of Israel is an American non-profit association which funds projects in Israel, including, according to Politico, Israeli pro-settler groups.[1][2][3] It is run out of the Marcus Brothers Textiles store on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.[3] Its director is Jay Marcus.[4] Itamar Marcus is a former vice president of the fund[5]

Fund recipients[edit]

According to its director, the CFI donated in 2009 approximately $13 million to programs that included social-humanitarian, medical, education, religious, security and community projects.[1][2][3][6][7]

The fund also supports Women in Green and Honenu, an organization which, according to Haaretz, provides legal defense for "radical right-wing activists".[4][8][9] There are financial links between the fund and Im Tirtzu, for whom it is the main channel for donations.[5][9][10][11][11]

NYT report[edit]

The organization was among a number of US groups reported by the New York Times as using tax exempt status to help fund the Israeli settlement project in the occupied territories. The New York Times described the fund as a "prominent clearing house" used by dozens of West Bank organisations as "a vehicle for channeling donations back to themselves" in order for donors to receive US tax breaks.[3] The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has filed a number of complaints with the US Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service over organizations, such as the Central Fund of Israel, that fund settlement development in the West Bank.[12]

Other accusations[edit]

The fund has been accused of funding extremist organisations [10][12][13] operating in the occupied territories. Philip Weiss reported on the Mondoweiss website that payments from the fund were directed to the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva.[12][13] The yeshiva, located in the West Bank had come under scrutiny after Yitzhak Shapira, a rabbi at the yeshiva, said it is permissible to kill Palestinian babies because of "the future danger that will arise if they are allowed to grow into evil people like their parents."[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "Major pro-Israel giver funds ‘Jihad Watch’". The Jerusalem Post. 05/09/2010. Retrieved 06.03.12. 
  2. ^ a b "The Softspoken Man Behind Times of Israel". The Forward. February 29, 2012. Retrieved 06.03.12. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jim Rutenberg, Mike McIntire and Ethan Bronner (July 5, 2010). "Tax-Exempt Funds Aid Settlements in West Bank". The New York Times. Retrieved 05.03.12. 
  4. ^ a b Boaz Gaon, Jonathan Gurfinkel (25.03.11). "Charge of the left brigade". Haaretz. Retrieved 06.03.12. 
  5. ^ a b Barak Ravid (31.01.12). "Officials: Israel outsources monitoring of Palestinian media after IDF lapse". Haaretz. Retrieved 05.03.12. 
  6. ^ "Hanan Ashrawi ignores glorification of terror". 07/13/10. 
  7. ^ "Tax-Exempt Funds and West Bank Settlements". The New York Times. July 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Jonathan Lis (05.02.10). "Amid row over contentious ad, Jerusalem Post fires Naomi Chazan of New Israel Fund". Haaretz. Retrieved 06.03.12. 
  9. ^ a b Eli Clifton (09/02/2010). "U.S. Non-Profit Targeted Rights Group over Goldstone". Inter Press Service. Retrieved 05.03.12. 
  10. ^ a b "Foreign Ministry working with rightists against Palestinian incitement". Haaretz. 7.05.10. Retrieved 15.03.12. 
  11. ^ a b Jonathan Freedland (February 18, 2010). "Israel needs its internal critics". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 05.03.12. 
  12. ^ a b c d E.B. Solomont (01/08/2010). "Beit Orot holds NY fundraising dinner". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 05.03.12. "In recent months, donations to the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement came under scrutiny after a rabbi at the yeshiva said it is permissible to kill Palestinian babies because of "the future danger that will arise if they are allowed to grow into evil people like their parents." Another rabbi at the yeshiva reportedly encouraged incitement against Arabs and Israeli security forces seeking to enforce the government's settlement policies. According to investigative reporter Philip Weiss, on his Web site, mondoweiss.net, the yeshiva received $27,000 from the New York-based Central Fund of Israel in 2007 and 2008." 
  13. ^ a b c Akiva Eldar (15.12.09). "U.S. tax dollars fund rabbi who excused killing gentile babies". Haaretz. Retrieved 05.03.12. "This is the same yeshiva whose rabbi said it is permissible to kill gentile babies because of "the future danger that will arise if they are allowed to grow into evil people like their parents."...A report on donations submitted by the yeshiva to the registrar of nonprofit organizations revealed that the American public also participates in financing the message coming out of Yitzhar. It states that in 2007 and 2008, the yeshiva received NIS 102,547 from an American foundation known as the Central Fund of Israel." 

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