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. It is run out of the Marcus Brothers Textiles store on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. Its director is Jay Marcus. Itamar Marcus is a former vice president of the fund
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.
The fund also supports Women in Green and Honenu, an organization which, according to Haaretz, provides legal defense for "radical right-wing activists". There are financial links between the fund and Im Tirtzu, for whom it is the main channel for donations.
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. 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.
The fund has been accused of funding extremist organisations  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. 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."
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- 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."
- 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."