The New York based non-profit, The New Israel Fund (NIF) claims to raise money to support projects in Israel, yet these projects are actually undermining Israel’s government, economy and military. While the NIF funds some humanistic causes, they have granted money to many organizations who have expressed anti-Israel and anti-Zionistic views, including the Human Rights Defenders Fund, The Coalition of Women for Peace, Breaking the Silence, B’Tzelem and Adalah. BtS most recently developed the damning report against Israel for 2014 Operation Protective Edge. Each of these organizations has done its part to damage Israel’s morals, provoke anti-Semitism and promote anti-Israel ideologies with the ultimate goal to induce Israel’s downfall. Recently, the NIF has accused Israel of methodically comprising the welfare of Palestinian children and has recommended that the IDF be put on a blacklist. NIF has additionally funded a platform that preaches BDS against Israel while encouraging people to refrain from purchasing Israeli products. The NIF funds BDS campaigns thus funding the campaign to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist.
Misinformed donors, seemingly with the best of intentions toward the Jewish state of Israel are actually contributing to its demise. Given the facts on how NIF seeks to destabilize Israel, it is outrageous that Barbara and Eric Dobkin, also major supporters and board members at the SAR school in Riverdale, can continue sending money to such a hateful group. The Eric Dobkin & Barbara Dobkin Foundation is a 6-figure donor to the New Israel Fund and Barbara Dobkin became a board member of the NIF when inspired by its vision of pluralistic and inclusive civil society in Israel. However, the NIF’s vision essentially is to exclude Jews from civil society and ultimately destroy its government and blacklisting their military.
The Dobkins have no business claiming to be strong advocates in the United States while their money funds efforts antithetical to many of the causes SAR Academy supports.