Erdan stated, "George Soros' donations to organizations that seek the destruction of the State of Israel as a Jewish state is shameful. However, I am not surprised." Soros has been accused of backing organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, which has been classified as an anti-Semitic movement by the German and Austrian parliaments.
Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of "The Soros Agenda," claims that Soros' Open Society Foundations (OSF) has supported pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian groups in the United States. Erdan argues that these organizations have never been about real peace or finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Hamas, designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, recently launched an invasion into southern Israel, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people, including over 30 Americans, and the kidnapping of more than 200 hostages. Erdan has been leading a diplomatic campaign at the UN to expose Hamas' crimes against humanity. The New York Post reported that Soros has funneled over $15 million to groups that are anti-Israel and allegedly support Hamas.
One of the organizations that received funding from Soros' OSF is the California-based Tides Center, which has supported nonprofits that reportedly justify the destruction of the Jewish state. For example, the Illinois-based Adalah Justice Project, a recipient of Tides' support, posted a photograph on Instagram of a bulldozer demolishing Israel's security fence on the day of Hamas' attack, with the caption, "Israeli colonizers believed they could indefinitely trap two million people in an open-air prison... no cage goes unchallenged."
When asked if OSF considers Hamas a terrorist organization, an OSF spokesperson based in London refused to answer. However, the spokesperson stated that OSF condemns the attacks on Israeli citizens and grieves for the lives lost and injured.
The spokesperson also called for accountability for war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law. Regarding the accusations of funding pro-Hamas NGOs, the spokesperson noted that OSF's grantees have different perspectives and routinely disagree with each other. The spokesperson emphasized that OSF's funding strategy aims to work towards a secure future where rights and freedoms are respected, and the organization devotes a lot of effort to ensuring compliance with U.S. anti-terrorist legislation.
In 2007, Soros wrote an opinion article for the Financial Times criticizing the U.S. and Israeli governments for not recognizing Hamas as the legitimate government of the Gaza Strip. OSF has also funded progressive NGOs called Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and IfNotNow. JVP issued a statement on the day of Hamas' attack, blaming "Israeli apartheid and occupation" and U.S. complicity for the violence.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) argues that JVP is a radical anti-Israel and anti-Zionist group that advocates for the boycott of Israel and the eradication of Zionism. The ADL also states that JVP does not represent the mainstream Jewish community. OSF has provided at least $650,000 to JVP since 2017. IfNotNow, another organization funded by OSF, has been one of the principal organizers of the U.S.-based campaign against Israel since Hamas' attack. IfNotNow reportedly received $400,000 from OSF.
Critics argue that OSF funds obscure Jewish NGOs that exploit their Jewish identity to bash Israel and support terrorism. Joshua Muravchik, writing in the Jewish magazine Commentary, states that JVP uses its Jewish identity to deflect accusations of anti-Semitism.
Soros' son, Alex, recently took over his father's $25 billion fortune. In June, Israel's Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Social Equality, Amichai Chikli, expressed skepticism about Alex Soros' support for Zionism.