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Rockefeller Brothers Fund's controversial funding stirs international concern

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Mahnoor Jehangir
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Rockefeller Brothers Fund's controversial funding stirs international concern

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a charitable organization affiliated with the illustrious Rockefeller family, is under scrutiny for its financial connections to entities designated as terrorist organizations by Israel. The Fund has reportedly distributed over $2.6 million since 2018 to at least six anti-Israel organizations that have openly supported Hamas' actions against Israel.

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Indirect Funding to the Samidoun Network

Among the beneficiaries of the Fund's grants is the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. This group, which has been banned by Germany and classified as a terrorist organization by Israel, received indirect funding via the Alliance for Global Justice. The latter received a grant of $100,000 from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The Samidoun Network, known for its unapologetic support of Hamas’ activities, thus indirectly benefits from the Rockefeller fund.

Funds Flow to Other Controversial Organizations

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Other organizations that have received funds from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund include Defence For Children International Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, The Tides Center supporting Palestine Legal, Adalah Justice Project, and Middle East Policy Network (Al Shabaka). Some of these organizations have celebrated Hamas attacks on Israel.

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund's Defense

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In response to the backlash, the Fund defended its grants. It rejected any accusation that its beneficiaries support terrorism. It emphasized its commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Fund also pointed out its donations to more mainstream Israel groups, such as J Street and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. It expressed concern about the rise in antisemitism.

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Critics Raise their Voices

Despite these clarifications, critics, including the Zionist Organization of America, have raised concerns about the Fund's support for these entities. The recent antisemitic incidents at a Christmas Tree event at the Rockefeller Center have amplified these concerns.

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