U.S. Jewish NGOs to get 97% of Homeland Security’s defense grant in 2012
While the budget has shrunk in recent years, the threat to Jewish institutions has not changed; as a result, Jewish non-profits will receive a record percentage of the funds.
Jewish non-profit organizations in the United States will receive 97 percent of the funds granted by the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year 2012, money which is aimed at dealing with security threats those institutions face.
The grants total $9.7 million of about $10 million (of $128 million distributed by Homeland Security since 2005).
I suppose this is what one might call the White House’s recycling policy. None of that money is likely to go to waste; some may indeed be deposited back into the Obama 2012 campaign chest.
I remember I was once on a panel with a Sierra Leonian journalist at a university event and one student asked us about the endemic corruption in our respective societies. We looked at each other and laughed, because that was the day Tony Blair had been offered a multimillion-pound book contract by Rupert Murdoch and even the most hopeless optimists didn’t expect Blair’s book to shift enough copies to recover that price. We had been talking about it earlier and the Sierra Leonian remarked that the only thing that separates our third world societies from the US and Britain is that though we both have corruption, the West has been successful in eliminating the word from its vocabulary. To be fair, I think there is also another difference: most of the corruption in the West happens at the top: in the third world, it is more democratic with complete equality of opportunity.
Update: Nathan Guttman of the Forward reported on this earlier this year, saying the grant program was tailored to Jewish organizations.
Jews face special risks that require vigilance, though there is no “specific, credible threat” against Jewish targets, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told the Forward during a visit to the newspaper’s New York offices.