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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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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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His prior detailed analyses, for example "IBM and the Holocaust," and "The Farhud"--an absolutely groundbreaking exposé of the undeniably pure Nazi roots of today's Arab anti-Jewish realpolitik--have established Black as amongst the most trusted of journalism's culture-wide whistleblowers. As in Wordsworth's definition of the true poet, Black calls things by their proper names--with regard only for provable facts. His habit of documenting thoroughly every fact that he shares with readers is what makes him most unique amongst politico-historical correspondents.
In that same vein he has now addressed some of the more lingering political questions that arise upon any close look at todays' events in Israel and the PA areas, and the underlying jostling of political ideologies that seems simple on the surface, yet inexplicable just beneath it.
"Financing the Flames" is Black's latest political and--this time--contemporaneously historic guidebook. Unlike his prior books, "Financing" analyzes the NOW of an evolving history--it's not a look back, but a profound looking IN. Black devotes this effort to mapping the labyrinthine maze of financial sleight of hand, conflicting purposes, disingenuous policies, cross-purposed financial structures, illusions, delusions, and outright lies (blatant and latent) woven into the fabric of the vituperative, abundantly over-funded, anti-Israel movement. In other words, Black has--once again--given us the truth unvarnished, thoroughly footnoted to establish its bona fides, in a political arena where truth as a commodity is all too absent.
He takes on the cunning perpetrators and the tactics they use, where the distorted reality of viral videos becomes political currency of the highest order, and every provocation is edited out--so the context of the response is only "Israel's treatment of Arabs is abuse and apartheid," and "Israel's soldiers are Nazis." Careful to emphasize the humanity of every participant, Black goes on, far beyond the easy and disingenuous headlines, to follow the money--from beginning to end--and what he uncovers, what he proves, is far beyond astonishing. That most left-leaning Israeli and Jewish NGOs operating within Israel are the anti-Israel organs that they are is inexplicable, unless you follow the money--as Black does herein.
Proving that Israeli NGOs of such magnitude and easy recognition as B'Tselem and Adalah--to name ONLY two--get major funding from the NGO Development Corp., a subsidiary of both the Islamic Development Bank and the Saudi Welfare Fund, is a major accomplishment. Proving that these "Israeli" NGOs are actually bought and paid for by the Wahabbist Wizards of Riyadh, in order to effect a de-legitimization of Israel, a de-Judaizing of Jerusalem and Israel, and a destabilization of the IDF and the confidence of every young Israeli serving in the IDF--the most humane of modern armies--as amongst their more despicable and blatant purposes is among Black's shining achievements in this book. Black catches them with blood on their hands of MacBethian magnitude. Whether WE can catch them as they try to wash that blood away is up to us--those whom Black has taken great pains to educate.
Jumping to the fore from amidst this book's powerfully compact attack on hypocrisy? That the PA Government proudly owns up to illegally spending over 6% of their budget--donated by the EU, The World Bank, the USA: countries where funding terror is against SO many laws--on the payment of SALARIES to terrorists in Israeli prisons and pensions to the surviving families of homicide bombers. That the payments are salaries is beyond challenge. Black has none other than PA Prisoners' Affairs Minister, Issa Qarake, admitting on TV that the salaries are directly proportional to the sentences of the terrorists: Kill more Jews get more salary! It's an appallingly glib and facile way of funding genocide without shame. Most of the factual immersion that Black provides in this book will provide you with an overwhelming sense of having been hoodwinked and manipulated by the mainstream media, the oil-lubricated Arab PR machine, and even Israeli and Jewish NGOs into believing the lies and fairy tales that they endorse and propound. Read Edwin Black's latest book and be enlightened, be informed, be motivated, be prepared--to defend the truth against all challengers.
Reading the book leaves me with these sound bites: Political narcissism is cancer in our midst; the result of forgetting the word "truth", the world is experiencing stannic control; anti-Semitism is now in abundance…anti-Semitism means that Jews must not have a state of their own and thus must never have genuine human rights…the anti-Semites of today are all in cahoots to bring the Jews back to the exilic status from which they got freed 66 years ago, and LAST, Western societies are willingly paying to kill Jews and the outcome, the more Jews killed the richer the killer and his family become.
We speak about an enlightened world? I am yet to see the door opened to this enlightenment, as all I see behind this door is unfathomable darkness.
Nurit Greenger, Los Angeles Californian / March 17, 2014
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