If you recall, the lyrics of Elton John''s Yellow Brick Road contain these lines:
You know you can''t hold me forever,I didn''t sign up with youI''m not a present for your friends to open...So goodbye yellow brick roadWhere the dogs of society howl
Those words came to mind when I was referred to a BBC report on the opening of the Rafah Crossing, which included a reference to Gisha, an Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents:
Egypt will permanently open its Rafah border crossing into Gaza beginning Saturday, an Egyptian official reported Wednesday...All the country''s security apparatus will be involved in the security of the border, he said. Rafah Crossing has been "...all but closed Erez Crossing to Palestinians" four years ago, said the Israeli non-governmental organization Gisha, which advocates on the issue of Palestinian freedom of movement.
Erez Crossing is on the border between Gaza and Israel. Passage through it has been limited to "extraordinary humanitarian cases, especially urgent medical cases," which has prevented Palestinians from traveling between Gaza and the West Bank, the group says...As a friend noted, will Gisha be taking credit or will they deny any responsibility when the weapons and terrorists that will use this border-crossing are involved in attacks on Israelis?
But you want to know about that reference above to Yellow Brick Road, yes?
So, who conduits money for Gisha? Who, I presume, views them as fit and proper to receive charity money to promote blatant political goals that possess a high probability that terror will evolve from their activity?
The New Israel Fund, the group that claims it "is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis...dedicated to a vision of Israel as both the Jewish homeland and a shared society at peace with itself and its neighbors."Read on: We appreciate your contribution to Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement. Donations from the US may be made by:3. donation through the New Israel Fund: Tax-exempt donations to Gisha of $100 or more may be made through the New Israel Fund, which is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization under the U.S. tax code. Contributions should be clearly marked as donor-advised to Gisha 5276 (in the memo of the check and in an accompanying note), and the check should be payable to the order of the "New Israel Fund". The address for checks is: New Israel Fund, P.O.B 91588, Washington, D.C. 20090-1588 USA; 4. Matching Gifts: The Federal Employee Identification Number for the New Israel Fund is: 942607722.
Can I ask: will NIF take responsibility for any deaths, injuries or property damage as a result of feeding money to a group which is enthralled that the Rafah Crossing is open - and campaigns that it should be open - and most probably will thus permit arms, weapons and such to be entered into the Gaza Strip and used against Israel?
Will they?Or will that "yellow brick road" be closed down?