Foundation Behind Antisemitic Site Funds Major Anti-Israel Sites & Personalities

You are probably already aware of Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA agent and author, tweeting a link to an antisemitic article from The Unz Review, which argued that American Jews were a driving force behind US wars. She has now resigned from the Ploughshares Fund, after apologizing and claiming she is not antisemitic.

Let me just begin by saying that I don’t believe her. She has a history of antisemitic tweets.

But the plot thickens. It seems the Unz Foundation, which is behind the Unz Review from where the antisemitic article came, has a history of funding some notable “anti-Israel” people and websites (many of which I have dealt with on here) including:

As the ADL reported back in 2014:

The Unz Foundation has also given grants to Mondoweiss, an anti-Israel blog run by Philip Weiss, which regularly reports on and promotes the initiatives of some of the more prominent leaders and groups associated with the domestic anti-Israel movement, including Ali Abunimah, co-founder of “Electronic Intifada”; Alison Weir, the executive director of If Americans Knew; and Norman Finkelstein, an anti-Israel speaker whom Unz also funds. The blog, which is quite popular in anti-Israel circles, is comprised of articles that feature a wide variety of anti-Israel themes, including claims of Israeli apartheid, ethnic cleansing and genocide, as well as accusations that the pro-Israel lobby retains excessive influence over U.S. foreign policy. Many of the articles written by Weiss on the site include opposition to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state and comparisons between the atrocities of the Holocaust and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

In addition, Unz has funded Philip Giraldithe Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, an anti-Israel group based in Washington, D.C. that advocates for an end to U.S. aid to Israel. CNI is one of ADL’s “Top Ten Anti-Israel Groups in the U.S.” Giraldi, who has been the director of CNI since 2010, has authored numerous articles condemning pro-Israel lobbying efforts. In a June 2012 blog post published on a blog called “The Passionate Attachment,” Giraldi agreed with New York City Councilman Charles Barron’s assessment that Gaza is a “death camp” and also called Israel “the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism.” Giraldi is the national security editor of The Unz Review.

Unz has also funded CounterPunch, a monthly magazine that features articles written from a radical left-wing perspective. The magazine often publishes anti-Israel or anti-Zionist articles and it has provided a platform for contributors such as Alison Weir; Sherry Wolf, a Jewish anti-Zionist activist affiliated with the International Socialist Organization; Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI); and many others.

The ADL are known for doing their due diligence. But if you want further proof, this is from the Unz Foundation’s 990-PF form from 2013:

I do not have a subscription to go back further than this, but apparently, Daniel Sieradski, himself an anti-Zionist whose views are so extreme I have had to block him in the past, does.‏ This one shows also Mondoweiss:

This information just reinforces the fact that antisemites appreciate the work of these “anti-Zionists” – and let’s face it, some of these anti-Zionists are likely antisemites themselves.

Hat tip: Rachel Steinmetz.



David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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