Goldman Sachs is funding Hebron settlers

Israel/Palestine

For years American taxpayers have been bankrolling Jewish-only illegal settlements in the West Bank with hundreds of millions of dollars funneled through tax-exempt non-profit organizations (we’ve covered the issue on Mondoweiss since 2008). One of the organizations which is a frequent recipient of these donations is the Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund which supports Hebron’s settler community.

Haaretz reports that Goldman Sachs has a “clear pattern” of giving to Israeli rightwing groups through their Charitable Gift Fund, including the notorious Jewish zealots in Hebron. 

From the article “Why Is Goldman Sachs Funding the Violent, Racist Jewish Settlers of Hebron?“:

So why did Goldman Sachs Charitable Gift Fund, a foundation connected to the world’s most powerful investment bank and run by Goldman Sachs’ top executives, donate $18,000 to the Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund that bankrolls this humanitarian nightmare?

On their IRS tax records, Goldman Sachs Charitable Gift Fund declared the purpose of the gift was “International Humanitarian Program” to needy Hebron families. With revenues of $2,250,000 the Hebron Fund can deliver from hunger quite a few of the 700 Jewish settlers of the city.

Grants to the Hebron Fund are not an isolated occurrence. There is a clear pattern in the Fund’s giving to Israel rightwing groups or their American fronts. In 2012-2013 they gave $708,000 to the American-Israel Education Foundation, AIPAC’s educational arm; $15,000 to the American Jewish International Relations Institute, a right wing organization which “monitors, tracks, and combats anti-Israel voting patterns at the United Nations”; and $6,100 to the American Friends of the Likud Party.

Though the case of granting money to the Jewish community of Hebron is particularly striking, we should see the funding of the Hebron settlement as only one example in the context of hundreds of millions of dollars backing the full range of West Bank settlements.

Of course, Hebron settlers aren’t the only ones experiencing Goldman largesse. Bernie Sanders has made an issue of the $675,000 Clinton received in speaking fees from the investment house just in 2013. And no wonder. Simon Head writes at the New York Review of Books that the connection raises important questions about potential corruption:

These long-running ties with Goldman have paid off for the Clintons. According to a July 2014 analysis in the Wall Street Journal, from 1992 to the present Goldman has been the Clintons’ number one Wall Street contributor, based on speaking fees, charitable donations, and campaign contributions, the three pillars of what I’ve called the Clinton System. As early as 2000, Goldman was the second most generous funder—after Citigroup—of Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign, with a contribution of $711,000. In the early 2000s, Bill Clinton was also a Goldman beneficiary, receiving $650,000 from Goldman for four speeches delivered between December 2004 and June 2005. (The transcripts of these speeches do not appear to be currently available.)

By the winter of 2006–2007, however, Goldman and its CEO Lloyd Blankfein were becoming deeply involved in the collapsing housing bubble—and engaging in the practices that have since resulted in years of investigations and lawsuits….

As long as Clinton refuses to reveal the content of her Goldman speeches, the suspicion will remain that she has cast a blind eye on Goldman’s dark years and that her campaign pledge to “rein in Wall Street” cannot be taken seriously.

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  1. Marnie
    April 13, 2016, 2:33 pm

    Blood money.

  2. amigo
    April 13, 2016, 2:53 pm

    I posted this on another thread before I saw this one.The link I provided is also to a Haaretz article which has a paywall.Hence the web cache link.

    “Yes, Goldman Sachs Funds Hebron’s Settlers. And Charles Schwab Is Funding BDS”

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.714201

    So giving illegal squatters aid to commit war crimes is equal to Charles J Schwab giving aid to JVP who work to end Israel,s war crimes and oppression.

    Zionist logic at it,s finest.

    You can,t dream this stuff up.

  3. Kay24
    April 13, 2016, 4:19 pm

    In zio land you are not only America’s chosen, but now it seems wealthy banking companies can bestow funds to the illegal squatters that are not legitimately recognize by the US, nor the United Nations. It is time the BDS movement made some noise about GS and bring world attention to its illegitimate funding of squatter land where apparently terrorism also thrives.
    Goldman Sachs is such a dodgy company – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) has agreed to pay $5.06 billion to settle claims that it misled mortgage bond investors during the financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday. – Reuters

  4. Keith
    April 13, 2016, 5:45 pm

    “So why did Goldman Sachs Charitable Gift Fund, a foundation connected to the world’s most powerful investment bank and run by Goldman Sachs’ top executives, donate $18,000 to the Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund that bankrolls this humanitarian nightmare?”

    Perhaps they, along with Hophmi, are planning on making Aliyah to escape the plague of anti-Semitism which confronts New York Jews on a daily basis. It must be tough living in constant fear, taking cold comfort from cold cash. Perhaps, one day Israel will be the financial capitol of the global empire. From what I read, it is corrupt enough.

  5. JWalters
    April 13, 2016, 7:11 pm

    So, what Lloyd Blankfein meant by “doing God’s work” is funding AIPAC’s myths and robberies. But it’s not only Arabs he engages in robbing. He just paid $5 billion in fines for massively robbing the entire American economy. But that $5 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the gargantuan ill-gotten gains Goldman Sachs raked in, a mere pittance “business expense”, a “clever” business deal. He and his gang got to keep all their “bonuses” and stay out of jail.

    And those ill-gotten gains, sucked up while most American families, cities, and states were losing big-time, are now bankrolling Hillary Clinton’s campaign for Netanyahu BFF. Perhaps she, Lloyd, and Netanyahu will celebrate in Hebron if she becomes president.

  6. MaxNarr
    April 13, 2016, 10:16 pm

    The question is, and I am not sure why I am censored for this. Why do you consider Jews “Settlers” in Hebron when they returned to homes that were legally owned by the Jewish community before they massacre by their Arab neighbors in the 1920s when the community was hacked to death with axes and other weapons?

    • DaBakr
      April 13, 2016, 11:21 pm

      @mn

      omg. how dare you bring the hebron massacre up. it is completely irrelevant to the i/p conflict and the key point that jews are not entitled to live in any part of judea because:

      a) they ‘stole’ all the land which was an actual ‘nation’ before ww2 and

      b) they have such a thin and sketchy connection to the land anyway. [especially hebron and jerusalem].

      and don’t you know that most of these ‘set lers’ [not ‘setl érs’ -don’t you forget that] are either ex-pat americans or some other aryan jews who are actually eastern european people descended from one khazzer king {or something like that} and certainly not the ‘real’ jews who used to live in hebron so peacefully with their christian neighbors under the system of dhimmitude until the rotten zionists stirred up a lot of trouble.

      that massacre your complaining about? a zionist plot. yup. muslim arabs are the only conquering set-lers who have any true sovereign connection to hebron, the tombs and other sacred 2000-4000yr. old sites there.

      whats wrong with you anyway?

      • eljay
        April 14, 2016, 9:52 am

        || aBr: … muslim arabs are the only conquering set-lers who have any true sovereign connection to hebron … ||

        Dunno what a “sovereign connection” is, but the only people with the right to self-determine (Mandate) Palestine as one or more nations of and for their respective citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees were (Mandate) Palestine’s indigenous population, which included “muslim arabs” and “jewish arabs”.

      • Marnie
        April 14, 2016, 10:39 am

        What’s wrong with you? “they have such a thin and sketchy connection to the land anyway.” Doesn’t matter, don’t you get it? That was then. It’s in the past, way in the past. How could you compare eastern european and western Jews, many who just got off the plane, to people who’ve lived in their land for centuries? I love the home my parents built, but someone else has it and I can’t go back and demand they get out because I had it first. Get real.

      • DaBakr
        April 15, 2016, 12:31 am

        @mn

        You have a very particular view of time past. Your last few lines could apply equally to palestinians or israeli jews. but this is mw, so your clear enough.

    • Mooser
      April 14, 2016, 12:01 am

      “The question is, and I am not sure why I am censored for this.”

      Probably because you forgot to push the “Post Comment” button. That’ll get you censored every time.

    • Marnie
      April 14, 2016, 12:48 am

      This is an aside to your “question”, actually some whataboutery, but I can’t resist. Something like 450 Jews were kept safe by their Arab neighbors, but about 70 were murdered. Could you explain why you folks never acknowedge the fact that the majority of the Jews of Hebron were saved by their Arab neighbors? No thank you or any sign of appreciation for this huge risk they took saving the bulk of the Jewish community in Hebron at all. There’s no monument or plaque to acknowledge this anywhere. Why is it that there is a shrine dedicated to mass murderer baruch goldstein?

      • Marnie
        April 14, 2016, 10:56 am

        No response Max? I’d love to hear from you wrt the Arab families that saved Jews from death. Why is their bravery and compassion never acknowledged in the numerous posts about the Hebron Massacre? Never.

        “The Goldstein attack on Muslims at prayer in the Ibrahimi Mosque, 29 Palestinians killed. In the ensuing riots in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip a further 125 Palestinians were killed.” (Wikipedia)That’s 154 Palestinians killed and that was just in February 1994.

    • eljay
      April 14, 2016, 7:56 am

      || MaxNarr: … Why do you consider Jews “Settlers” in Hebron when they returned to homes that were legally owned by the Jewish community … ||

      Do they have official refugee status?
      – If ‘yes’, they should be permitted to return to their homes and lands in Palestine as Palestinian refugees.
      – If ‘no’, they are not entitled to return to Palestine.

      Either way, they have no right as Israeli or “Jewish people” colonists to occupy and colonize Palestine.

    • Talkback
      April 14, 2016, 8:16 am

      MaxNarr: “Why do you consider Jews “Settlers” in Hebron when they returned to homes that were legally owned by the Jewish community …”

      They are citizens of the occupying state and were not even living there.

      Question for you, MaxHypocrit: Why don’t you consider nonjewish Palestinians who actually lived in Palestine which was legally owned by the Palestinians and who want to return not as Israelis, allthough they should have acquired the new nationality of the successor state according to international customary law (and according to resolution 181).

      Make sure that your answer doesn’t sound racist.

    • talknic
      April 14, 2016, 8:19 am

      Why do Zioidiots play stupid fools?

      @ MaxNarr April 13, 2016, 10:16 pm

      ” Why do you consider Jews “Settlers” in Hebron when they returned to homes that were legally owned by the Jewish community before they massacre by their Arab neighbors in the 1920s when the community was hacked to death with axes and other weapons?”

      Because they’re ISRAELI citizens you stupid person. Israel was proclaimed as the Jewish state ” as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947″ http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf

      Hebron was not included. Israel has not since legally acquired any territory beyond its proclaimed borders

      An American cannot go to the UK as a US citizen and illegally settle in the UK just because their ancestors used to live in the UK

      Nor can an Australian go to the UK as an Australian citizen and illegally settle in the UK just because their ancestors used to live in the UK

      Israelis are not exempt from the law just because they’re Jews

    • echinococcus
      April 14, 2016, 8:59 am

      In addition to other answers, consider that any immigrant supported by any colonial powers, without the authorization of the local population (collectively holding the sovereignty) is a colonial settler. Add to that they these had immigrated with the declared intent of robbing the population of its sovereignty rights, which makes them into unfortunate targets of anticolonial resistance. Oppressed and invaded peoples don’t really have a choice of weapons; they use whatever they have.
      El Khalil, by the way, is not even within the illegal boundaries self-declared by the Zionist intruder entity and so any citizen of the illegitimate intruder state officially and knowingly puts himself and his dependents off legal protection by moving there. In other words, it is suicide.

    • jon s
      April 14, 2016, 10:29 am

      MaxNarr,
      The point is that if the settlers can reclaim property owned by Jews before the 1929 massacre, why shouldn’t the Palestinians be able to reclaim property that they owned before 1948? In other words: right of return. It can’t work only in one direction, and not the other.

      • eljay
        April 14, 2016, 10:45 am

        || jon s: MaxNarr, The point is that if the settlers can reclaim property owned by Jews before the 1929 massacre, why shouldn’t the Palestinians be able to reclaim property that they owned before 1948? In other words: right of return. It can’t work only in one direction, and not the other. ||

        I agree. People who are still officially classified as refugees should have the right to return to their homes and lands.

        So let’s get the ball rolling to have all people who are officially classified as refugees:
        – from Israel return to Israel as Israeli refugees; and
        – from Palestine return to Palestine as Palestinian refugees.

        People who are not officially classified as refugees – whether from Israel or Palestine – do not get to return as refugees from those countries.

        And, of course, they do not get to steal, occupy and colonize any part of either of those countries.

      • talknic
        April 14, 2016, 11:36 am

        @ jon s April 14, 2016, 10:29 am

        MaxNarr,
        “The point is that if the settlers can reclaim property owned by Jews before the 1929 massacre, why shouldn’t the Palestinians be able to reclaim property that they owned before 1948? In other words: right of return. It can’t work only in one direction, and not the other.”

        Problem. Israelis have no ‘right of return’ to non-Israeli territories. Whereas Israelis including non-Jewish Israeli citizens who were dispossessed by Israel and their lineal descendants, have RoR to Israeli territories.

      • Mooser
        April 14, 2016, 4:35 pm

        “why shouldn’t the Palestinians be able to reclaim property that they owned before 1948?”

        “MaxNarr”, don’t waste your time with this phony. “Jon s” lives in Beersheva and has American citizenship. A long-time activist on the Israeli Left.
        He’ll give the Palestinians everything, and skip out on the Holy Land. He’d watch you all get stabbed to increase his leftist liberal cred.

    • K Renner
      April 16, 2016, 3:53 pm

      @Hasbara:

      You’re an idiot, first and foremost. Also not valuable at all.

      Now that stating the obvious is out of the way– they’re considered “settlers” because they ARE “settlers”.

      A pack of racist, smelly, stupid land thieves, guarded by the army of occupation.

      These are people who throw their feces at the Palestinians and then have the audacity to scream “filthy Arab” at the Palestinians?

      ” they returned to homes that were legally owned by the Jewish community before they massacre by their Arab neighbors in the 1920s when the community was hacked to death with axes and other weapons?”

      Whiny piddle at best. Can’t expect more from a “settler” apologist.

      Barring the fact that there’s no continuity between the smelly, poo-throwing land thieves of today and the handful of Jews who were killed in the area during the 1920s– the events that you whine about were a direct result of illegal Jewish squatting on Palestinian land, and the obvious intent of the Zionist movement to push for a “Jewish state” on as much land as possible, and more importantly a state “free of Palestinians”.

      The sad fact remains that if the Jews were content to remain on the 6% of Mandate Palestine that they bought– the only part of Palestine they were entitled to or had any right whatsoever to live in– then the killings in Al-Khalil in the 1920s would’ve never occurred in the first place.

  7. Kay24
    April 14, 2016, 7:00 am

    Belgium condemns demolishing of playground for Palestinian kids, built by them. Viciousness must be in the DNA of zionists. They treat Palestinian children like dirt, while their little darlings are cherished.

    http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/newsroom/news/2016/alexander_de_croo_and_didier_reynders_condemn_demolition_childrens_garden_zaatara

  8. Steve Grover
    April 14, 2016, 10:10 am

    I buy State of Israel bonds and now Goldman Sachs looks like an attractive investment.

    • Talkback
      April 14, 2016, 3:00 pm

      You allready made very clear that you support the crime of settling in occupied territories and disenfranchising the natives in post Nazi times. Btw. do you know who Goldman Sachs financed before 1945?

      • Rashers2
        April 15, 2016, 11:14 am

        Goldman Sachs financing illegal activities? Surely not? Pass the sal volatile, quick! As an investment banker, btw, a word to Grover on those Israeli gov’t bonds: psssst – avoid the longer maturities, habibi…..

    • Mooser
      April 14, 2016, 4:26 pm

      “I buy State of Israel bonds and now Goldman Sachs looks like an attractive investment.”

      And that’s today’s stock pick from FFS, Farblondzhet Financial Services.

      • Steve Grover
        April 14, 2016, 5:19 pm

        Mooser,
        I notice a Ze’ev Jabotinsky accent in your Yiddish.

      • Talkback
        April 19, 2016, 9:40 am

        I notice Jabotinsky’s fascist mindset in yours, Steve.

  9. Ossinev
    April 14, 2016, 12:42 pm

    Apart from tax free cash gifts for shit chucking Hebron land thieves JSIL can always grab or attempt to grab some cash for their Biblical enterprises direct from the untermenshen:
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-soldiers-try-to-open-safe-in-ramallah-start-a-fire/

    JSILis are excellent at high level remote control droplet phosphorus bombing on hospitals and schools but would appear to be crap at the the really minor stuff. They were only supposed to blow the bloody door off.

    Still as it was an “anti – terrorist” operation I think they will somehow manage to duck out of paying for all the collateral damage which they caused to the untermenschen property.And they can always go back to Goldman Sachs for more shit throwing funds.

    BOYCOTT UGLY BARBARIC JSIL
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    TELL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ABOUT BDS

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