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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 

A sad discovery: Yerushalmim gets New Israel Fund grants

I wanted very much to appreciate the special campaign for women's rights the Yerushalmim group is running on bus ads, and I certainly abhor how some crazy Haredis vandalized several of the copies. But this revelation dampens the impact:
New Israel Fund-linked groups have launched a two-pronged advertising campaign on Jerusalem's buses; one by the Yerushalmit Movement, and the other by Women of the Wall – both NIF grantees.
If there was anything coming out of the Wikileaks scandal worth pondering, it was the revelation that one of the NIF's officials endorsed the end of the Jewish state. And that's why now, I'm devastated, because opposition to sexist discrimination in itself is a noble goal, and now I have to discover that one of the groups fighting that is getting some funding from a very bad source. WotW is no surprise. No wonder I'm more furious than ever at the Haredis who're leading discriminatory and dehumanizing visions, ditto Egged for their initial refusals to carry Yerushalmim's ads (and WotW's), because it played into the hands of leftists whose own goals aren't very altruistic. Sometimes I wonder if the Haredi extremists are doing it specially to help the leftist sources, because the former's viewpoints aren't all that different from the latter's. The INN article says:
Yerushalmit's ads simply feature women, shown from the shoulders upward. As was expected, several of the ads have been vandalized, most likely by extremist hareidim.

Local politicians linked to the extremist Eida Hareidit sect claim that the campaign is intended to incite against hareidim and create tensions in Israel's capital.

"These immodest ads hurt the feelings of the hareidi public in the city,” one of them said. “Why are there no sentiments for a populace that asks not to be exposed to depictions of women's faces in its public space? Is this motivated by racism? Is there no value to basic Jewish halakha?”
This is no surprise the Eida Haredit leaders espousing such bigoted visions. Males do not get injured by views of the opposite sex, and whoever they're quoting is not helping with his illogical race card stunt. I am just so disgusted with these dummies who clearly intend to help leftist sources and their smokescreen agendas, because the Haredi extremists aren't all that different. On the surface, Yerushalmim's never seemed hostile to Israel's statehood, but if they take funding from NIF, that's cause for worry.

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I suspect you'll be hard pressed to find any pro-women's rights group in Israel that isn't now receiving funding, or hasn't rceived funding in the past, from NIF. There is a similarity of mission between standing up for women and standing up for Arabs within Israel--- both are about a leftist agenda: empowering the powerless.

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