New York-based foundation supports settler rabbi who justified the killing of non-Jews

A little over a year ago we began an investigation on this site into the Central Fund for Israel, a New York-based non profit foundation that raises tax deductible donations in the U.S. to support the Israeli settler movement. We found that they are funding settler militias, and that they have some very well know donors.

Writing in Haaretz, Akiva Eldar has now expanded upon the story by uncovering that the Central Fund is also supporting the the Od Yosef Chai Shechem yeshiva in the West Bank settlement Yitzhar near Nablus. The head of a yeshiva, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, recently made headlines when he wrote a book justifying the murder of non-Jews if they pose a theoretical threat to Israel. Eldar writes:

How can President Barack Obama object to furthering education in a settlement like Yitzhar, located in the heart of the West Bank? After all, his own tax revenues contribute to the flourishing of the Od Yosef Chai Shechem yeshiva, the settlement’s crowning glory.

This is the same yeshiva whose rabbi said it is permissible to kill gentile babies because of "the future danger that will arise if they are allowed to grow into evil people like their parents." In his latest book, the head of the yeshiva, Yitzhak Shapira, who bears the honorable title of rabbi, even permits killing anyone "who, through his remarks and so forth, weakens our kingdom" (Obama, beware!).

On November 17, this column reported that the Education Ministry’s division for Torah institutions transferred more than NIS 1 million to this yeshiva in 2006 and 2007. The Welfare Ministry made do with a mere NIS 150,000.

A report on donations submitted by the yeshiva to the registrar of nonprofit organizations revealed that the American public also participates in financing the message coming out of Yitzhar. It states that in 2007 and 2008, the yeshiva received NIS 102,547 from an American foundation known as the Central Fund of Israel.

Eldar is right to point out the contradiction in US policy that criticizes Israeli settlements on one hand, and helps subsidize their growth with the other. Luckily there are organizations like the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee working to change this. Please support this important work.

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  1. Taxi says:

    The old testament is full of criminal acts committed by our supposed ‘god’.

    Why are we surprised then that it’s adherents want to act in his/her image?!

  2. Chaos4700 says:

    But but but! According to Witty, they have a First Amendment right to fund the settlers! (Don’t ask me how that logic is supposed to work, incidentally.)

  3. Memphis says:

    Its reports like these that more americans need to read, so they can know how some feel about non-jews. digusting, I though one of the ten commandments was thou shall not kill, maybe I’m wrong, I stopped reading fairytales when I was kid

  4. Can anybody work out just how much the US Government is subsidising Israeli settlements by allowing tax deductions to phony charities?

    I don’t know US tax regulations, but I would think the major donors take their tax deductions from the top slices of their incomes, which are subject to a high marginal tax rate (to anyone who hasn’t found a good accountant)

    The top rate is now 35% – this means that the US government is adding ,half of every settler donor’s contributions, simply by allowing this racket, and foregoing government revenues.

  5. Taxi says:

    Here’s one ‘overview’ link:
    link to fas.org

    I also had another link to ‘charities and special programs’ but it’s since been removed:
    link to justforeignpolicy.org

    The article was claiming $35 Billion per year is processed under the USA tax table through charities, religious & cultural programs – with statistics and charity names and organizations listed for verification.

    It’s a real maddening shame this vital page has been removed.

    But as the saying goes: Everything turns back up, eventually.

  6. Citizen says:

    The Od Yosef Chai Shechem yeshiva’s rabbi said it was ok to kill non-jewish babies because otherwise they could grow up to be dangerous like their parents. Gives new
    meaning to the phrase “preemptive war.” His expressed thinking is also a carbon copy
    of Nazi philosophy. And we get to pay for it.

    Pretty depressing.
    Oh well, cheer up. 12 of our representatives voted against the new Berman Iran sanctions bill, including Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich–both told anyone who cared to listen
    on C-SPAN precisely how this new legislation will hurt us.
    Looks like war with Iran is definitely on the agenda.

  7. aparisian says:

    Congrats to Phil and all these people
    link to pulsemedia.org

  8. Rehmat says:

    Funding illegal Jewish settlemts is not against law – it’s the Muslim charities funding those settlers’ victims.

    Muslim charities targeted by Zionists
    link to rehmat1.wordpress.com

  9. Chu says:

    Justice the USA style. When will this change? They’ve proven that they are an unstable society with a warped (& invented) reality.
    What this rabbi said is nothing short of what Goebbels might say.
    “This is the same yeshiva whose rabbi said it is permissible to kill gentile babies because of “the future danger that will arise if they are allowed to grow into evil people like their parents.”