Today, the New Israel Fund is very upset over people saying bad things about its members:
The new campaign by the extremist Im Tirtzu group, naming and inciting against four human rights leaders, is designed to further delegitimize the proper work of human rights organizations while endangering the personal safety of these leaders who are our friends and allies.You see, an enlightened organization like the New Israel Fund would never stoop so low.
Except, they have no problem combining the immorality of Time and the name-calling of Im Tirtzu in this poster they placed on their Hebrew site of Ayelet Shaked, captioned "Minister of Hate:"
They took the official photo of Ayelet Shaked (below), added blemishes to make her look ugly, and darkened and slanted her eyebrows to make her look hateful.
So when the heads of an Israeli NGOs funded by NIF are named and insulted, it is an awful crime of incitement. But when a member of Knesset is Photoshopped to look evil and called "Minister of Hate," that is righteous.
In fact, the Facebook post accompanying this poster calls her "The face of darkness and hatred" to which they say "Fear and hatred are not Zionism. Hate speech and violence are not values."
How exactly is this not hatred and incitement?
And what is Ayelet Shaked's crime that the NIF calls hateful? She insists that NGOs in Israel disclose their funding sources. She wants transparency - something the NIF is fighting against. And its response to a very reasonable demand is to treat Shaked as a criminal - and to incite against her.
I wasn't thrilled with Im Tirtzu's advertisement, but this episode shows that the NIF has no moral high ground whatsoever. It proves its hypocrisy thrice; with the insult, the photo manipulation and its hysterical reaction to a very reasonable request for transparency.
Which proves the NIF has something to hide.
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