The storied Rockefeller philanthropy “came to lend its legitimacy—and money—to groups that push boycotting Israel”

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The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and BDS
by Armin Rosen
May 24, 2017

Supporters of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel see the RBF [Rockefeller Brothers Fund] funding as validation for their approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “It’s not just RBF. The R stands for Rockefeller,” said Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of the pro-boycott Jewish Voice for Peace, which received a $140,000 two-year grant for general support from RBF in 2015. “I think that has particular resonance for people both in the philanthropic world and more broadly.” RBF’s support for JVP and other pro-boycott groups, which is virtually unique among major American institutional funders, is either a sign that the movement is inching toward mainstream status on the American left—or evidence of a revealing drift within one of the most respected family foundations in America. READ MORE

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