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This weekend, Israeli investigative journalist Uri Blau published his latest installment in his series on the relationship between Jewish American philanthropy and the settlement movement. In this piece, Blau looks specifically at foreign contributions to Elad, a right-wing organization that settles Jews and runs tours in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem:
“The source of Elad’s donations has long been considered a well-kept secret. Despite legal requirements, for years Elad — a registered nonprofit that has always possessed a certificate of proper management — has not provided a list of donors that contribute over 20,000 shekels annually to the Registrar of Non-Profit Organizations.
After telling the registrar that submitting the donors’ details could hurt them or the organization, Elad received permission in 2008 not to disclose donors’ names.
But the registrar later made requests, and in recent months Elad revealed to the registrar all donors that contributed over 20,000 shekels between 2006 and 2013. This totaled more than 450 million shekels, or 56 million shekels annually on average.
These figures are enormous by Israeli NGO standards, so it is no surprise that Elad is one of Israel’s wealthiest nonprofits. According to its 2014 financial report, its assets were 286 million shekels that year, with revenues of 59 million shekels.”
The piece is worth reading in full, but here are two key takeaways:
Benjy Cannon is the 2015-2016 Mikva Fellow at J Street. He’s on Twitter at @benjycannon