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Sunday, February 26, 2006 

Peace Now getting funds from European governments

Here is an article I'm translating from the February 24, 2006 issue of Makor Rishon:
Internal documents of the extreme left-wing organization "Peace Now" that reached Makor Rishon fully confirm old suspicions on the right: the bulk of the movement's activities are funded by foreign governments. The director of the organization, Yariv Oppenheimer, said in response to the expose, "The question is not where the money came from, but where it goes to."

What's the money for? For surveillance of everything that goes on in Yesha [Judea and Samaria] yishuvim (villages), and petitions to the supreme court against every outpost or yishuv that can be acted against. "The retreat from Gaza and a bit of the southern Samaria was a positive step for Israel," explains one of the documents that reached Makor Rishon, "not just because of the fact that the deed was done by a right-wing government but mainly because it proves the failure of all the settlements. It's finally been proven that they're not an obstacle and that they can be removed."

And indeed, the cherry on the cake of the organization's activity is the team that monitors settlement activity. The team is comprised of three paid employees, together with six volunteers. The one who tracks the building in Yesha is Dror Atkes, second degree student in history, who in 2004 had a salary costing 207,000 shekels. He was assisted by two people, particularly for technical needs and writing up reports.
Here's another article from two years ago, with a similar subject included.

Five European states and Canada have donated money to their moonbat activities, and include Britain (220,000 pounds), Norway (2.4 million kroners), Finland (50,000 Euros), Holland, Germany and Canada (900,000 Euros altogether).

Peace Now, as pointed out above, is a foreign-funded political organization, serving the interests of these foreign governments. They certainly don't need the help of the common rank-and-file citizen, that's for sure.

In an almost similar case, US News & World Report finds that Eurolefties have been funding the Iraqi "insurgency", but which is really - what else but? - terrorism and mass-murder within the country:
Who's funding the insurgents in Iraq? The list of suspects is long: ex-Baathists, foreign jihadists, and angry Sunnis, to name a few. Now add to that roster hard-core Euroleftists.

Turns out that far-left groups in western Europe are carrying on a campaign dubbed Ten Euros for the Resistance, offering aid and comfort to the car bombers, kidnappers, and snipers trying to destabilize the fledgling Iraq government. In the words of one Italian website, Iraq Libero (Free Iraq), the funds are meant for those fighting the occupanti imperialisti. The groups are an odd collection, made up largely of Marxists and Maoists, sprinkled with an array of Arab emigres and aging, old-school fascists, according to Lorenzo Vidino, an analyst on European terrorism based at The Investigative Project in Washington, D.C. "It's the old anticapitalist, anti-U.S., anti-Israel crowd," says Vidino, who has been to their gatherings, where he saw activists from Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Italy. "The glue that binds them together is anti-Americanism." The groups are working on an October conference to further support "the Iraqi Resistance." A key goal is to expand backing for the insurgents from the fringe left to the broader antiwar and antiglobalization movements.

One conference sponsor, Campo Antiimperialista (the Anti-Imperialist Camp), credits the 10-euro campaign for buying 2 tons of medicine for Al Anbar province, a hotbed of resistance, to be distributed "completely independent from both the occupiers as well as their local puppets."

But some funds may be buying more deadly stuff; one leader boasted to Vidino that the campaign will send "everything it takes" for the resistance to win, including weaponry. Neither Iraq Libero nor Campo Antiimperialista responded to questions from U.S. News about where their funds end up. The groups' impact, though, may ultimately be limited. "They have a pretty big following, but we're not talking about big money," says Vidino. At one conference, he notes, many militants looked so ragged he doubted they even had 10 euros in their pockets.
It's just simply shocking just how destructive these Eurolefties can be.

Hat tip: Dr. Sanity.

Also available at Basil's Blog, Is it Just Me, The Mudville Gazette, NIF, Outside the Beltway.

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