Report: Soros funneled $15 million to groups behind pro-Hamas protests

George Soros at the Festival of Economics in Trento, Italy, on June 2, 2012. Credit: Niccolò Caranti via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS) — Since 2016, Hungarian-Jewish billionaire George Soros has funneled more than $15 million to groups behind recent pro-Hamas protests in the United States.

A New York Post review of the Soros-founded Open Society Foundations records found the grant-making network provided $13.7 million of the money through Tides Center, a left-wing advocacy group.

For example, Tides donated to the Adalah Justice Project in Illinois. Adalah posted on Oct. 7, the day of the massacre, a picture of a bulldozer ripping through Israel’s Gaza security fence with the caption: “Israeli colonizers believed they could indefinitely trap two million people in an open-air prison… no cage goes unchallenged.”

Group members also occupied California Rep. Ro Khanna’s office on Oct. 20 demanding he sign a resolution calling for a ceasefire.

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan explained the motive behind the ceasefire calls on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Oct. 29: “What a lot of people are calling for is just a stop to Israeli military action against terrorists, period. Just stop, no more, Israel cannot go after terrorists who conducted this largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust. We have taken the position that Israel has a right to defend itself against terrorist attacks.”

The Post reported that Adalah also co-sponsored a rally in New York City’s Bryant Park on Oct. 20 where protesters yelled antisemitic chants and waved a sign, “I do not condemn Hamas.”

Among the other groups receiving Soros money were Desis Rising Up and Moving, another co-sponsor of the Bryant Park protest.

The Arab American Association of New York, a group co-founded by Linda Sarsour, a BDS supporter widely accused of antisemitism, received $60,000 in 2018 from the Open Society Foundations.

The group organized a “Flood Brooklyn for Palestine” protest in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on Oct. 21. “Protestors called for the eradication of Israel and held a sign of the Israeli flag in a trash basket that read ‘Please keep the world clean!’” the Post reported.

Fringe anti-Israel Jewish groups Jewish Voice for Peace and If Not Now received $650,000 and $400,000, respectively. JVP organized a sit-in during rush hour at Grand Central Station in Manhattan on Oct. 27. Two hundred people were arrested.

The Post said both groups also co-sponsored the Bryant Park rally and participated in a U.S. Capitol protest on Oct. 18.

JVP blamed Israel for the Hamas attack, stating on its website: “Israeli apartheid and occupation — and United States complicity in that oppression — are the source of all this violence.”

Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of “The Soros Agenda,” told JNS in August that former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman once said that nobody has done more damage to Israel than Soros. “He’s funded the New Israel Fund, the Palestinians, Birzeit University, anti-Israel organizations in Israel,” said Ehrenfeld.

The Post reported that Dan Schneider, vice president of the conservative watchdog group Media Research Center, co-signed a letter with MRC Founder and President Brent Bozell demanding Soros stop funding groups spouting pro-Hamas rhetoric.

“We’ve called on George Soros to withdraw this funding, but he seems very determined to continue supporting antisemitic organizations that want to upend western civilization,” Schneider told the Post.

The newspaper said that messages to the Soros family, Open Society Foundations, Tides, Adalah Justice Project and other pro-Palestinian groups were not returned.