Leaked documents from billionaire financier and liberal donor George Soros’s Open Society Foundations outline a plan to finance Israeli and Palestinian human-rights groups as part of an effort to “hold Israel accountable” for alleged violations of international law, a Bloomberg columnist writes.
Bloomberg View’s Eli Lake reports that the philanthropy, which has supported transparency and democracy-building in autocratic countries, wanted to keep its advocacy on the issue quiet. He cites an internal 2009 paper — obtained and posted online by the “hacktivist” group DC Leaks — which recommends the foundation, then called the Open Society Institute, "maintain a low public profile regarding OSI sponsorship of this initiative."
The strategy, launched after President Barack Obama’s election in 2008, included donations to organizations like Breaking the Silence, a group of former Israeli soldiers who detail the country’s military activities in the Palestinian territories. Open Society spokeswoman Rebecca Beyer said the leaked material, which also included a 2013 document, “reflect big-picture strategies over several years from the Open Society Foundations network."