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Financing the Flames: How Tax-Exempt and Public Money Fuel a Culture of Confrontation and Terror in Israel Paperback – October 30, 2013
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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It may not be the best literature on the flames of anti-Israel hatred, but it sure is excellent journalism by a writer who took part in the activities. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alexandra
A jaw dropping expose on how NGOs are used for anti-Israel, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitic political objectives in Israel. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Phillip Jalowiec
Solid reporting highlighting the antisemitic color of certain streams of American financing (Tax Free) directed against Israel.Published 12 months ago by Russel Bachman
Interesting and informative but a little hard to understand in some parts.Published 13 months ago by Stan Hein
I have always found the current situation in Israel to be confusing. The history is complex and it is difficult to find trustworthy information in such a politicized environment. Read morePublished 17 months ago by mbar
After seeing a video of Edwin Black's recent lecture at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, I was prompted to check my copy of Financing the Flames and dig right in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by cg
If you've ever heard Mr. Black give a lecture, then you already know what kind of person he is. I like to call people such as Mr. Black "deep-enders. Read morePublished 18 months ago by K. Thurm
I started reading this book and early on I saw a serious word processing typo - I think it was a duplication of a paragraph in two places. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Garb
Like all other Edwin Black's books that I read , this book is very well documented and disturbing.
If you prefer to not know , do not read this book.