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From: "Kevin Anderson"
Subject: at least FORD is tough. Re: Is the Ford Foundation funding Middle East extremists?
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Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2003 22:51:35 GMT
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p.s. israel calls anyone who attacks their policies anti-semetic. so... word
to big bird.
"MDIfrais" wrote in message
> Wall Street Journal
> REVIEW & OUTLOOK
> Henry Ford's 'Legacy'
> Is the Ford Foundation funding Middle East extremists?
> December 26, 2003
> The quip going around nonprofit circles these days is that the Ford
> Foundation's support for Palestinian extremists is the one area of funding
> could defend on the grounds of donor intent--an allusion to the notorious
> anti-Semitism of automaker and founder Henry Ford.
> But Chuck Grassley, for one, is not amused. In response to a Jewish
> Agency series detailing Ford's support for Palestinian NGOs crusading
> Israel, the Iowa Republican has announced that the Senate Finance
> will review the matter. In so doing, we hope it raises a question long
> for Congressional scrutiny: How U.S. tax laws intended to encourage
> have had the unintended effect of spawning a foundation priesthood funded
> perpetuity and insulated from public accountability.
> This lack of accountability is bad enough even when it involves small
> foundations that stray from their benefactor's purposes. But with $10
> in assets and offices that stretch from Santiago to Hanoi, Ford today has
> become a major player in international affairs--with the potential to run
> of U.S. interests abroad.
> That's precisely what happened in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, where a
> conference ostensibly called to combat racism became a world stage for
> anti-Americanism and the crudest kind of anti-Semitic imagery. So ugly did
> Durban become that Secretary of State Colin Powell ordered the American
> delegation to return home.
> In his "Funding Hate" series for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Edwin
> quotes some of those who had witnessed the Durban spectacle as originally
> guessing that the funding for all this anti-Semitic propaganda must have
> from, say, Saudi Arabia. In fact, he says, much of it came from Ford. In
> and 2001 alone, Mr. Black notes, Ford distributed $35 million to 272 Arab
> pro-Palestinian organizations--with at least some of these millions going
> those that transformed Durban into a circus.
> Among the noisiest of these recipients was the Palestinian Committee for
> Protection of Human Rights and the Environment (LAW), which since 1997 has
> received $1.1 million from Ford. Mr. Black reports that LAW's officers
> leadership positions on the Durban steering committees that were
> in making the thrust of that conference an international indictment of the
> state of Israel.
> Or take PNGO--an umbrella group of 90 Palestinian NGOs that's also
> more than $1 million from Ford. Its director is quoted as admitting that
> gets almost no Arab support and that Ford is its biggest funder. Yet this
> the same group that denounced as "unacceptable" a U.S. government
> that Palestinian NGOs partnering with tax-exempt American charities sign a
> pledge promising that no funds would ever find their way to "advocate or
> support terrorist activities."
> After first digging in her heels, Ford President Susan Berresford
> in a November 17 letter to Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) that she
> her colleagues at Ford "now recognize that we did not have a clear picture
> the activities, organizations and people involved."
> Funding for LAW, she tells us, has been cut off because of financial
> irregularities, and Ford is in the midst of investigating its other
> Not only does Ford abhor any anti-Semitism, she says, the funding that was
> featured in Mr. Black's series represents only a fraction of what is
> broad Ford effort to build a moderate Palestinian civil society.
> Sounds good. But it's not as if this is the first time Ford has been
> about its Middle East funding. The New York Sun reports that as far back
> 1999 editors at the Jewish weekly Forward ran a story entitled "Latest
> Foundation Grantees Would Sure Make Henry I Proud." Nothing happened. The
> difference today is a post-9/11 environment, where the combination of
> exposure and Congressional pressure has made it harder for Ford to look
> other way.
> Mr. Black's articles report that State, Justice and the IRS are looking
> the matter, as well they should. But Congress has a special responsibility
> regard to foundations, because Congress writes the tax laws that spawned
> empires. Not least of the perverse incentives here is a provision in the
> code--one that Ford lobbied hard to preserve--that allows foundations to
> office expenses against the 5% of their assets they are required to give
> each year to charity.
> We hope Senator Grassley goes through with hearings, not only to find out
> all that Ford money ended up in the Middle East but also to raise the
> public issue of whether the tax code is being used to subsidize attacks on
> American interests. Foundations are a growing part of U.S. life and are
> an ever larger role in political debate. Under current law they are also
> subsidized for eternity. Congress hasn't revisited that policy since 1981,
> it's about time it did.
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