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  • Baruch Marzel is a leader from the extremist party named Jewish Power, often dubbed as Jewish KKK.

    Baruch Marzel is a leader from the extremist party named Jewish Power, often dubbed as Jewish KKK. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 February 2019

An investigative report revealed that various U.S. non-profit organizations are raising money for Jewish extremist parties some of them referred to as Jewish KKK.

A recent report by the Democratic Bloc, an Israeli nonprofit organization which was founded in 2018 to research and monitor antidemocratic trends in Israel, revealed that a bunch of interconnected groups, individuals, and websites in the United States and Israel are linked to Jewish extremist groups, Mairav Zonszein reported in an investigative article for The Nation

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One such Jewish extremist group is Jewish Power which is inspired by Meir Kahane and his Kach party in Israel outlawed in 1994 after killing 29 Palestinians. This party is also dubbed as Jewish KKK and have racist, anti-Arab, ultra-nationalist, and homophobic politics.

The U.S. banned one of Jewish Power leaders, Michael Ben-Ari from entering the U.S. for his association with a “terrorist organization.”

“If in the past, they relied on political mechanisms for fundraising and recruiting activists, today we are talking about a network of organizations disguised as charity groups and social causes that are raising money from the State of Israel and abroad in order to continue inciting and undermining the foundations of democracy,” Ran Cohen, one of the members of Democratic Bloc while commenting on how the "Jewish KKK" receives money, told Zonszein in her piece for The Nation. 

An organization based on the U.S. called, American Friends of Yeshivat Haraayon (which translates to “the Idea Yeshiva”) gave US$44,000 to US$136,000 between 2012 and 2015. The Jewish Idea Yeshiva is classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State and Treasury department.

All these non-profits are tax-exempted.

The U.S. non-profit’s mission is “to produce Jewish leaders capable of acting and reacting Jewishly to the problems and challenges facing the state of Israel and the Jewish people.”

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“On its face this looks like a very straightforward case: an American nonprofit passing money along to a group that Google says has the same address and the same name in translation as a designated terrorist organization and telling the IRS about it to boot,” Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights based on New York, told The Nations

American Friends of Yeshivat Haraayon is also linked to other non-profits working on the same “mission”, creating a chain of organizations trying to bring a Jewish extremist group to power in Israel’s parliament in April 2019 elections.

All these organizations do not even have a regular online presence. For example, the Jewish Idea Yeshiva’s address on its website is the same as the American Friends of Yeshivat Haraayon, the investigation found adding that it says it is based in Jerusalem but the later is the contact link.

Another non-profit, Traditional Fund Inc., donated US$52,000 in 2016 to the American Friends of Yeshivat Haraayon, and much smaller amounts in 2015 to American Friends of Charity of Light Fund, to American Friends of Chasdei Meir, as well as to other extremist Kahanists, among them Itamar Ben Gvir (US$3,000 in 2015), another member of the Jewish Power party.

In 2018, T’ruah, a nonprofit by rabbis and cantors in the U.S. advocating for human rights, filed an IRS complaint against two pro-Israeli U.S. based non-profits, namely, Central Fund of Israel and American Friends of Yeshivat Haraayon for their support to extremist groups, The Nation's article said. 

While the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) rebuked Jewish Power Friday calling it “racist and reprehensible party,” it never said a word against the Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu who is endorsing the Jewish Power.


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