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Is Soros Pumping Money into ‘A Jewish Voice for Peace’?

A tangled web of non-profit political organizations reveals that George Soros is behind yet another Jewish anti-Zionist front.
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I’ve written ad nauseum that the most energetic and effective anti-Zionists are Jews, not Arabs or Muslims. A perfect example is the group called “A Jewish Voice for Peace” (JVP), based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but with chapters all over the country, mostly on college campuses.

JVP has been growing by leaps and bounds, with their 2011 form 990 (a tax form which all non-profits are required to make publicly available) showing an income from contributions and grants of $871,250. This is very big money for an organization whose membership appears to be mostly students and young people, and there is reason to believe that they have recently started to receive much more. Unfortunately non-profits that don’t give money to political candidates are not required to disclose the identity of their donors.

This week, during the annual AIPAC meeting in Washington DC, JVP has purchased 100 advertising signs in DC Metro stations, working with the very professional “Avaaz” group (more about them later), to “challenge [AIPAC's] influence on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.” Here’s an example:

JVP-Aavaz ad in DC Metro

Ads like these cost between $400-$950 per ad for 4 weeks, depending on “timing and market.” So let’s say (very conservatively) that they are paying $250 per ad for two weeks. Their 100 ads cost them at least $25,000, probably twice that.

JVP likes media attention, and one of its favorite tactics is to disrupt pro-Israel speakers and events. Both the advertising and the disruption appear to be intended at least as much to attract attention — and recruits — to their organization as they are to change public opinion about their issues (promoting boycott-divestment-sanctions, portraying Israel as an apartheid state and human-rights violator, etc.).

Here is something else that I noticed on JVP’s form 990, which supports the idea that it is focused on growth. It has only one paid officer, Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson, who is listed as receiving total compensation of less than $75,000. But they also list $355,090 in “other salaries and wages.” Who are the additional employees? What do they do? It’s not the janitorial staff of JVP’s small Oakland office.

My guess is that they are organizers stationed on college campuses and other places where young Jews can be found. Although the organization wants to give the impression that it is an all-volunteer, ‘grassroots’ group, it seems that it is actually a disciplined professional operation that is rapidly growing. Their grants and contributions have increased by an average of more than $100,000 a year (with the exception of 2008, a bad year for all nonprofits).

Someone is pumping JVP up, and I think we can get a clue about who from the partnership with Avaaz. Avaaz is not (yet) big in the U.S., so you may not have heard of it. But let me quote from NGO Monitor’s analysis:

Avaaz was co-founded in 2007 by “Res Publica, a global civic advocacy group, and Moveon.org.” The former received grants totaling $290,000 from the Soros Open Society Institute in 2008. The latter received a $1.46 million grant from George Soros in 2004. Res Publica describes Avaaz.org as its “primary current project.”

According to a 2007 ABC News report on Avaaz.org’s call for the firing of Paul Wolfowitz as president of the World Bank, Avaaz.org is a “global advocacy group funded by philanthropist and financier George Soros, MoveOn.org and the labor group SEIU.”

According to the 2009 Form 990 (page 87) filed by the Open Society Foundations, OSF gave $600,000 to Avaaz.org via New York-based Res Publica; $300,000 for “general support to Avaaz.org” and $300,000 for “Avaaz.org’s work on climate change.”

A check into OSF 990s for 2010 or 2011 show no grants for Avaaz nor Res Publica. According to its 2011 990, Avaaz.org’s total revenue for that year was $7,519,028. Avaaz.org claims it is “wholly member-funded.” Avaaz does not publish a detailed list of donors on its website or 990 forms, and therefore this claim cannot be verified independently.

Avaaz.org is active in the Israeli-Palestinian arena. Its 2011 campaign “Palestine: the time is now,” was aimed at pressuring the UK, France, and Germany to support a Palestinian bid for recognition. The petition and accompanying video titled “Middle East Peace – The Real Story” promotes the Palestinian narrative. In 2007 Avaaz.org launched a petition calling to “End the Siege of Gaza: Ceasefire Now” demanding an end to the “blockade and growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza” and “ensure the free flow of supplies by land, sea or air.”

Soros also funds J Street, the phony “pro-Israel” lobby, although J Street’s director, Jeremy Ben Ami lied in an attempt to keep it secret.

Avaaz, with its huge budget, is as slick as it gets (here is a discussion of how it managed a fake grassroots Internet campaign for Palestinian recognition). My guess is that Soros is getting behind JVP as well, and with the same objective: to create a ‘popular’ Jewish anti-Zionist movement.

Soros, in other words, is pitching a whole line of anti-Israel merchandise to Jews. Are you a progressive who wants to distance himself from Israel along with your left-wing friends, while still remaining a member of your (liberal) synagogue? Buy some J Street! But suppose you want to see Israel replaced by an Arab state and don’t care who knows it — if you are suffering from stage-4 Oslo Syndrome — then JVP is for you.

There is a reason why so much of the heavy artillery of anti-Zionism is turned on the American Jewish community. True or false, it is seen as the key to American support for Israel.

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About the Author: Vic Rosenthal created FresnoZionism.org to provide a forum for publishing and discussing issues about Israel and the Mideast conflict, especially where there is a local connection. Rosenthal believes that America’s interests are best served by supporting the democratic state of Israel, the front line in the struggle between Western civilization and radical Islam. The viewpoint is not intended to be liberal or conservative — just pro-Israel.


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11 Responses to “Is Soros Pumping Money into ‘A Jewish Voice for Peace’?”

  1. when will this living abortion go to hell.

  2. People like Soros and Tom Friedman, anti Israel groups that operate under the guise of being pro Israel, anti-Semitic governments like the U.K., Ireland, Norway, and others, boycott and divestment groups, Arab capitol used to fund universities and governments to propagate anti Israel propaganda, international organizations that do their best to slander Israel like the U.N. and European Union, the left wing media, and others nauseate and infuriate me. At the same time, I have come to the realization that it’s not the pathology of Judaism or people that make Judaism a major factor in their lives that are the problem. In fact, in the very limited amount I know about Judaism, I am very impressed that for a religion that’s well over fifty seven hundred years old, the insight and wisdom demonstrated by the religion is remarkable. The issues, challenges, and problems that we struggle with today are the same ones discussed in the Torah. In fact, if done correctly, Judaism can be used as a blueprint as to how to live a righteous and meaningful life and shows us the way to conquer many of life’s problems. In my own life if I am emotionally hurting and I think of Hashem and it eases my pain. If I am worried or tense, Judaism provides a sense of calm. If I feel life has passed me by, I remember a passage from a Rabbi’s lecture and it helps me put things into perspective. The sad reality is, that these people who harbor hatred, bigotry, and closed mindedness lose out on all these incredibly important gifts that Judaism has to offer. Even someone like me who knows a miniscule amount about Judaism can see and understand this. So, in contrast to these people of evil and prejudice, I say it loud and proudly, that I consider myself blessed to be Jewish, I embrace my roots, and encourage those who close their minds and hearts to take a different approach and embrace a better and healthier way of life and perhaps they to will see the light.

  3. People like Soros and Tom Friedman, anti Israel groups that operate under the guise of being pro Israel, anti-Semitic governments like the U.K., Ireland, Norway, and others, boycott and divestment groups, Arab capitol used to fund universities and governments to propagate anti Israel propaganda, international organizations that do their best to slander Israel like the U.N. and European Union, the left wing media, and others nauseate and infuriate me. At the same time, I have come to the realization that it’s not the pathology of Judaism or people that make Judaism a major factor in their lives that are the problem. In fact, in the very limited amount I know about Judaism, I am very impressed that for a religion that’s well over fifty seven hundred years old, the insight and wisdom demonstrated by the religion is remarkable. The issues, challenges, and problems that we struggle with today are the same ones discussed in the Torah. In fact, if done correctly, Judaism can be used as a blueprint as to how to live a righteous and meaningful life and shows us the way to conquer many of life’s problems. In my own life if I am emotionally hurting and I think of Hashem and it eases my pain. If I am worried or tense, Judaism provides a sense of calm. If I feel life has passed me by, I remember a passage from a Rabbi’s lecture and it helps me put things into perspective. The sad reality is, that these people who harbor hatred, bigotry, and closed mindedness lose out on all these incredibly important gifts that Judaism has to offer. Even someone like me who knows a miniscule amount about Judaism can see and understand this. So, in contrast to these people of evil and prejudice, I say it loud and proudly, that I consider myself blessed to be Jewish, I embrace my roots, and encourage those who close their minds and hearts to take a different approach and embrace a better and healthier way of life and perhaps they to will see the light.

  4. Ground Concepts says:

    more left wing wackos with money! , that's all!

  5. David Fredin says:

    SOROS PAST AND PRESENT.
    Much of Soros past activities indicate that Soros is a an acitive KGB/FSB agent of influence. He left Eastern Europe and began a buissiness may be with KGB money. For years Soros funded oppositiion groups in the Eastern Block that was either funded by the KGB or infiltrated by them according to Czech analyst and officer Honza Malina.

    Soros Open Society has supported the anti Israeli Inter Press Service in 2005. Soros funded also the campain of Barak Obama, who had a mentor until the age of 18 that was on the FBI list for Soviet spies. In fact Obama was a Soviet pawn, "a communist gromed for presidentcy", as a russian source told in 1992 Tom Fifes, who's wittness one an watch on You-Tube.

    I belive Soros poses a great threat to the state interests of the State of Israel in the global community and is a voice of modern Socialism inside power groups as Bilderberger and the Devous Centers. The only opponent in media so far has been Fox-News Glenn Beck, who recently retired from his daily show.

    SOROS FRIENDS IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY.
    Mohammad El-Baradei was one of the judges in the Court of Hague that together with former Eastern Block Communists and Arab Muslims was outraged about the Israel Defence wall. El-Baraday is also a member of the Swedish peace institute SIPRI along with a Russian member Alexei Arbatov. The SIPRI institute was long a KGB-front, with actve agents of both Russian and other descent.

    Alexei Arbatovs father Georgi Arbatov was handling agents in Sweden, and made secret trips to the country a decade ago. Today El-Baraday is in the Soros network with Javier Solana, who sits in the Soros Crizis Group. Solana is an former communist according to the writer Christoffer Story.

    Solana spoke recently at the Bilderberger meeting with another leftist, mr Carl Bildt, who is Foreign Minister of Sweden in a "Conservative"-Liberal Government. Bildt made early ties with the left of his Conservative party and erased the true conservatives from the party. According to the socialist left of the early 1970's Bildt was labeled "intelligente" thus promoted and not bullied. At the Ship To Gaza activity last year Carl Bildt went to Turkey and meet with the IHH-terrorists and a promotion photo was taken with the Flotilia activists including the faar left Communist Henry Asher of the KFML(r).

  6. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Did hitler wear a swastika?

  7. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    This is beyond that. soros made his first riches helping the nazi kill Jews, with his calling that time "the happiest" of his life.

  8. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Soros is NOT active KGB – he is active carpet bagging opportunist who will see anyone murdered in his quest for profit. He made his first riches helping hitler kill Jews and still calls that the "happiest time" of his life. He is like a locust that descends on a country, kills all in his path, and then moves to the next able field to repeat. He destroyed economies in Greece and Britain. He is directing obama's decimation of the US economy. And already has his sights set on Brazil. And all for profit.

  9. Janet Clifford says:

    Wouldn't surprise me.

  10. Janet Clifford says:

    Wouldn't surprise me.

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