Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld is one of America’s most noted economic warfare and counter-terrorism scholars, who runs the American Center for Democracy and its Economic Warfare Institute. She has published hundreds of articles, numerous white papers and several books, including “Funding Evil” – How Terrorism is Financed; and How to Stop It.” She successfully lobbied New York and Congress to enact laws to protect American journalists, scholars, writers and publishers from the enforcement of foreign libel judgements in the U.S. Her efforts resulted in the passage of NY’s “Rachel’s Law” (2008), and the federal SPEECH Act, signed into law by Pres. Obama in 2010.
This article is republished here, in its entirety, with Dr. Ehrenfeld’s permission, and was edited by Jon Sutz, editor of SaveTheWest.
By Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld
On January 8, 2020, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered an important speech, entitled “The Alarming Rise of Anti-Semitic Attacks – And How to Stop Them,” on the floor of the U.S. Senate. It should be seen or read by all.
The Senator’s warning should have been praised in the headlines of all major media outlets in the U.S., and Israel.
Instead, it was mentioned only in a few Jewish and Israeli newspapers, mostly left-leaning. Though Sen. Cotton did not mention George Soros, the headline of Haaretz, the Israeli left-leaning daily – and New York Times partner – screamed: “Sen. Tom Cotton accuses Soros-funded think tank of fostering antisemitism,” implying – as they, and most other progressive radical-left outlets who act as Soros’s bandogs do – that anyone critical of any of many Soros initiatives, is an anti-Semite.
What did Sen. Cotton say to anger Haaretz?
“Anti-Semitism is the ancient hatred, but today it can appear in new disguises. It festers on Internet message boards and social media,” said the Senator. He then had the Chutzpa pointing out that anti-Semitism, “festers in so-called Washington think tanks like the Quincy Institute, [emphasis added] an isolationist blame-America-first money pit for so-called “scholars” who’ve written that American foreign policy could be fixed if only it were rid of the malign influence of Jewish money.”
The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft was founded and funded in 2019 by Charles Koch and George Soros. Koach, the isolationist libertarian billionaire, funder of mostly ultra-right causes critical of U.S. foreign policy, is known, like Soros, for sponsoring academicians and events denouncing alleged Israeli influence in Washington. Koch, who isn’t Jewish, did not make it to Haaretz’s headline.
Soros has long blamed America for being “The main obstacle for a new world order.” While his and Koach’s ideas on America and its role in the world are not the same, both are interested in diminishing the U.S.’s global influence.
Soros’s funding of the Quincy Institute, together with the isolationist Koach, marked an expansion of, not a departure from the agenda he set for his political philanthropy. Soros, whose motto appears to be, “If I spend enough, I will make it right,” is famous for funding leftist, globalist, anti-American, radical progressive neo-socialists and anti-Israel groups, sees the opportunity of funding the Quincy Institute, with Koch, as an opportunity to cast his net wider. Both can now advance their apparent shared ambition to change the attitude and policies of the United States.
As for Israel and its influence, Soros and his family members have been using their foundations to regularly fund anti-Israel, anti-Zionist lobby groups. In 2007, Soros wrote in On Israel, America and AIPAC, that “attitudes toward Israel are influenced by the pro-Israel lobby’s success in suppressing divergent views.” So soon after J Street, which gushes “alternative” views of how Israel was established, the Soros family, through their foundations gifted some $750,000 over three years (2007-2010), to the new anti-Israel lobby. They have continued their support ever since.
Sen. Cotton noted that anti-Semitism:
“…festers even on elite college campuses, which incubate the radical Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement — a movement to wage economic warfare against the Jewish state.”
As it turns out, Soros has been funding organizations that support BDS and other Palestinian NGOs, even Al-Haq, which has been known for years for its virulent anti-Israel, pro-BDS propaganda, and its close ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization designated as such by the U.S. EU, Canada, and Israel.
Soros’s main nonprofit funding mechanism is the Open Society Foundation (OSF). According to the OSF’s grant database, it gave Al-Haq:
- $100,000 in 2011
- $100,000 in 2012
- $309,000 in 2014
- $400,00 in 2016
- Two grants, totaling $891,630, in 2017
In May 2018, however, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express shut down online credit card donations to Al-Haq due to the group’s ties to the PFLP.
The OSF has reportedly denied supporting BDS groups and activities. Al-Haq’s BDS activities, however, have been known for years. Thus, it seems the OSF either (a) intentionally ignores, or (b) willfully disregards clear evidence that Al-Haq promotes BDS, and has close ties to the PFLP, a U.S.-designated terror organization.
A feeble attempt of plausible deniability was made by Soros spokesperson Michael Vachon in April 2019, when he reportedly said,
“The OSF […] cannot track every project connected to every organization that it has supported over the decades.”
It’s time that the OSF is held accountable.
Sen. Cotton also noted that:
“While Jews were being attacked in New York City, a law went into effect eliminating pretrial detention and bail for most crimes — including serious crimes like stalking, arson, robbery… even manslaughter and negligent homicide.”
This law is just another example of Soros’s multi-million dollar, decades-long efforts for “justice reform” in the U.S., to change governmental policies to his liking.
Denouncing Sen. Cotton’s criticism of those who facilitate anti-Semitism, only served to prove he is right.