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A JOLT! Most people should and will be appalled to read the revelations in Financing the Flames. It is a jolt! Edwin Black has once again shown that the West, in general, and the United States, in particular, remain as complicit in supporting human-rights violations around the world today as they were during the worst excesses of the totalitarian regimes in the 1920s and 30s whether through the use of its military or its money. Rick Halperin director, Southern Methodist University Embrey Human Rights Program former chairman of the board, Amnesty International USA

RIGOROUS INVESTIGATION. Edwin Black takes us behind the scenes at the New Israel Fund, where an ostensibly progressive and humanitarian mission conceals on-the-ground activities that undermine Israel s very existence. Once again, his rigorous investigation demonstrates that following the money tells us far more about what s really going on than listening to soothing mission statements. As he proved in his series Funding Hate, which brought the mighty Ford Foundation to its knees, he s one of the few journalists able and willing to hold the world s largest foundations and nonprofits accountable for their carefully concealed activities. William Schambra director, Hudson Institute s Bradley Center for Philanthropy

EXTRAORDINARY JOB. Edwin Black, in Financing the Flames, does an extraordinary job of delineating the difference between the need to have dissenting views in a democratic society and when views have the negative consequences of undermining valued institutions in society. Black is able to recognize the many positive things that the New Israel Fund does for Israel while calling into question the impact on the Israeli military of other things they do. His examples of how certain anti-IDF activities are camera driven and how certain protestors may be encouraged by financial incentives are particularly troubling and require further exploration and discussion ... Black has made a significant contribution to the ongoing conversation on the role of NGOs in Israel and with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abraham Foxman, National Director Anti-Defamation League

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Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling international investigative author of 120 award-winning editions in 14 languages in 65 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With more than a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black's work ten times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide. For his work, Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US, as well as the leading networks of Europe and Latin American. His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. Many of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with two in active production. His latest film is the screen adaptation War Against the Weak, based on his book of the same name. Black's speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles, also in Europe from London's British War Museum and Amsterdam's Institute for War Documentation to Munich's Carl Orff Hall. In recent times he has appeared to speak, lecture or testify in three legislatures on social justice issues: U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly, and the European Parliament. Black is a leading contributor to The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly, as well as the Huffington Post, the Times of Israel, and numerous other on-line publications. His weekly human rights and social justice TV show, The Edwin Black Show, broadcasts on IBC-TV.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dialog Press; 1St Edition edition (October 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914153315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914153313
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent discussion and analysis of origins, purposes, and operations of Nongovernmental agencies in Israel. Extraordinary verification of sources makes the reader confident that one is reading reliable information.
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Financing the Flames could not have been written by any journalist other than Edwin Black -- and even Black could not have written it ten years ago. Ten years ago, this attempt would likely have seen him end up as just another casualty in the treacherously dangerous politics of the Middle East. However, Black's well-earned reputation as a tenacious and hard hitting, but fair and accurate investigative author gave him the unique ability to obtain unprecedented access and cooperation from normally suspicious participants involved in a deadly political war.

At its core, Financing the Flames documents Black's attempt to bring sense to the apparent disconnect between the allegedly documented civil rights abuses by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on powerless Palestinians, and the Israelis, a people with a history of suffering great hardship, pain and unspeakable acts at the hands of would-be exterminators. Black also harkens to a favorite exhortation of mine from Exodus 22: "Do not mistreat or oppress a stranger in your midst, for you were strangers in Egypt."

In typical Black style, he went straight to the source, talking to the key players on both sides of the conflict, from the highest military authorities to the common factory worker and senior executives from human rights organizations. Black witnessed for himself the regular demonstrations that provide the fodder for many of the allegations, interviewing both Israelis and Palestinians in those conflicts, firsthand. From the finest hotels to the most dangerous bad alleys, Black brings the reader along.

Also typically, Black followed the money.

The result is a compelling and stunning exposé of how American taxpayers are literally financing the flames of confrontation in Israel, with U.S.
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Edwin Black has already stirred the pot, roiled the waters, and given indigestion to various elites, including the nonprofit community with his seminal expose' 'War Against the Weak', the petroleum industry 'Redline', and U.S. foreign and energy policy 'Banking on Baghdad.' His newest work, 'Financing the Flames' should give all Americans pause as it gives and account of how not only nonprofits are aiding Palestinian terror, but also how U.S. taxpayers are also contributing to the destablization of America's only true ally in the Mideast: Israel. Black documents how the New Israel Fund (nif.org) serves to provide cover for numerous organizations that are dedicated to a radical change in Israel, even to the extent of aiding the Jewish state's most dire enemies. Black is a serious writer who bears a serious and perhaps unpleasant message to the U.S. public but one that must be heeded if peace might ever have a chance of breaking out in the land that gave birth to the three Abrahamaic faiths. His credibility is sterling, and backed up by meticulous research and an international team of fact-checkers and editors. This is one book that any one interested in Mideast affairs, or in staunching the hemorrage of America's treasury, should have right now.
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Israel was created by the United Nations in 1948 to protect oppressed Jews throughout the world in the wake of 6 million who died in the Holocaust. Immediately upon finalizing its statehood, an alliance between Egypt, Jordan and Syria initiated a failed military attack on the country. There have been many such wars started by Middle Eastern countries against Israel--first in 1967 during the Six Day War, then in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. By 2005, Israel turned over the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority to promote self-governance. The people quickly elected Hamas for its leadership, known for its terrorism and missile attacks against Israel.

Edwin Black's explosive new book, Financing the Flames documents how the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) operates as one of the most ethical defense systems in the world to protect its Israeli citizens from surrounding threats, with a special emphasis on protecting innocent Palestinian civilians. Israel and the IDF are constantly being described by the Palestinian world as the "oppressive occupier" when most attacks originate from the Palestinians who fire hundreds of missiles at civilians, train suicide bombers, and provoke staged conflicts against the IDF.

Financing the Flames goes far to demonstrate how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receive tens of millions of dollars to destabilize the IDF by spreading media disinformation and false propaganda in the name of "social justice" achieved through purposeful provocation by Palestinians. B'Tselem, one of many such NGOs, uses volunteers to videotape Palestinian citizens, egged on by Palestinian Authority governmental ministries, to provoke young soldiers in the IDF to act defensively.
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This book will disturb your sense of justice and fairness. Terrorists are pensioned, children are used as human shields, riots are choreographed for YouTube, and international aid money pays for it all. Edwin Black investigated on the ground in Israel, found the parties responsible, and submits the facts for the readers' evaluation. Everything is exhaustively documented and cross-checked. The challenge remains to the readers to contact their representatives and compel action.
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