Anti-Israel piece in NYT Mag penned by author from Qatar-, Soros-funded group

Anti-Israel piece in NYT Mag penned by author from Qatar-, Soros-funded group
Doha, Qatar. CNBC video, YouTube

[Ed. – The article in question is a real piece of work, alleging in truly demented fashion that major evangelical Israel-booster James Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), is an anti-Semite who can be lumped together with the Pittsburgh synagogue killer. The purpose of the article, however, is to advocate for the BDS campaign against Israel.  Alert readers will remember that we’ve met Nathan Thrall’s posse, Rob Malley and the International Crisis Group, before.]

The publication of the article, “How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics,” represents another salvo in the New York Times‘ continuing promotion of anti-Israel writers and views.

The author, Nathan Thrall, is tied to a large network of BDS supporters that are funded into the millions by the Qatari government, which has long been engaged in efforts to spy on the American Jewish community and pro-Israel officials. Qatar’s foreign influence operations in Washington, D.C., have flown mostly under the radar, but are part of a larger proxy battle being waged by wealthy Middle Eastern governments eager to peddle influence in powerful D.C. circles.

Thrall, who the Times presents as a disinterested expert, serves as director of the Arab-Israeli Project at the International Crisis Group, or ICG, a left-leaning advocacy organization that has received around $4 million from the Qatari government in the just the last year. Qatar’s donations represent around 23 percent of ICG’s total budget. …

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Another significant portion of ICG’s funding—more than $5 million in the last three years—comes from the Open Society Foundations…

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