According to midrash, after the construction of the mishkan (tabernacle), some Israelites accused Moses of skimming off the top. Moses responded with a full accounting of the donations that the people had made—and not a sliver of gold or a single jewel was missing. Our Jewish organizations should adhere to the same standard of transparency in letting us know whether our gifts support Israel or peace-blocking settlements.

After a year of requests from members of the T’ruah network, the Jewish National Fund released a list of projects as part of their 2014 tax returns, letting us know for the first time how much funding by U.S. donors supports settlement projects. We learned that, in addition to many worthwhile initiatives that support the state of Israel, JNF-USA also invests in the Gush Etzion visitors center, which traffics in pro-settlement propaganda, a group that supports archaeological sites in the occupied Palestinian territories, and Face of Israel, whose major purpose appears to be attacking human rights organizations.

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