New Israel Fund appoints American Jewish activist Brian Lurie as new chief (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Nir Hasson 07/02/12)
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American Jewish activist Brian Lurie has been appointed president of
the New Israel Fund, succeeding former Meretz MK Naomi Chazan, who
served four tumultuous years in the post.
Lurie, a rabbi by training, was CEO of the San Francisco Jewish
Federation for 17 years and has also been involved in advancing Arab-
The New Israel Fund, whose Israeli headquarters is in Jerusalem, has
been involved in advancing a range of projects focusing on civil
society and equality in Israel.
In 2010, the New Israel Fund and Chazan herself were targeted in a
campaign by the right-wing Im Tirzu organization, which claimed that
they had funded groups that assisted the United Nations-appointed
Goldstone Commission in its probe of Israel´s military operation in
Gaza. The report has been widely criticized as being unfair to
Israel. Im Tirzu ads featured Chazan with a horn coming out of her
Chazan recently called that campaign "a major assault on democracy in
Israel," but said that it had actually helped the New Israel Fund in
its fundraising among American Jews.
She said that both the number of supporters and the total amount of
contributions have increased since the campaign.
The organization, which has an annual budget of $32 million, was the
subject of a report by Channel 10 last week disclosing that the New
Israel Fund has been providing funding to social justice protest
groups in Israel. Chazan said the organization is proud of its work
on the issue. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 07/02/12)
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