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George Soros funded over $15 million to groups behind pro-Palestine protests: Report

George Soros funneled over $15 million to pro-Palestine groups behind protests

Israel-Gaza war: People take part in a protest in support of the Palestinian people in New York (AFP)Premium
Israel-Gaza war: People take part in a protest in support of the Palestinian people in New York (AFP)

George Soros, a Hungarian-American philanthropist, who slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi early this year calling him "no democrat", had funneled more than $15 million for the past seven years to groups behind pro-Palestine protests.

According to a report by the New York Post, a search of Open Society Foundations records shows Soros' grant-making network gave $13.7 million of the money through Tides Center, a left group that sponsored several nonprofits who have justified Hamas' bloody attack. Soros is the founder of Open Society Foundations, which gives grants to groups and individuals that promote democracy, transparency, and freedom of speech.

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One of the Tides' beneficiaries, Adalah Justice Project posted a photo on Instagram on 7 October when Hamas launched an attack on Israel. The post read, "Israeli colonizers believed they could indefinitely trap two million people in an open-air prison… no cage goes unchallenged".

Adalah’s members also co-sponsored a rally on 20 October in which antisemitic chants were raised.

Other Soros-backed, Palestinian advocacy groups whose members have been organizing rallies include Jewish Voice for Peace and If Not Now, which received $650,000 and $400,000, respectively, a New York Post report added.

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Dan Schneider, vice president of the conservative watchdog group Media Research Center told NYP that Soros is a Hungarian-born Jew and a Holocaust survivor. He has a long history of standing against Israel and backing groups that champion terrorists.

“George Soros and his son Alex have a long history of supporting the most radical organizations across the planet, and that includes pro-Hamas organizations," Schneider said.

In India, Prime Minister Modi-led Central government has always criticised Soros. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that the 92-year-old wants to ‘destroy’ Indian democracy and wants some "hand-picked" people to run the government.

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Just like Modi, he has been critical of Chinese President Xi Jinping and former US President Donald Trump. In 2020, Soros slammed the Modi government while addressing an event at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, saying nationalism was making headway and the "biggest setback" was seen in India.

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Published: 29 Oct 2023, 11:48 AM IST
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