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Liberal social justice group alerts police over death threats

New Israel Fund executive director demands action from justice minister after email warning of ‘small massacre’

Right-wing activists dressed as Arabs demonstrate against the New Israel Fund in January 2010. The signs show the NIF's former president Naomi Chazan with a horn sprouting from her head and accuse the fund of financing organizations that contributed to the Goldstone report (photo credit: AP/Dan Balilty)
Right-wing activists dressed as Arabs demonstrate against the New Israel Fund in January 2010. The signs show the NIF's former president Naomi Chazan with a horn sprouting from her head and accuse the fund of financing organizations that contributed to the Goldstone report (photo credit: AP/Dan Balilty)

A progressive US-based social justice organization has submitted a complaint to police after receiving threatening messages at its Jerusalem offices in the last couple days.

The New Israel Fund also contacted Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked after the organization received emails containing death threats, reported Israeli daily Haaretz.

“I am going to arrange a small massacre for you,” read one of the email that was sent to the organization’s office. The message included personal details, including the address, of a senior employee.

“Organization of traitors, there isn’t a drop of Judaism in you, Nazi dogs,” the email ranted, concluding “You have been warned.” Another message read: “All of you need to be killed.”

In response, security was increased in the organization’s offices.

Executive Director in Israel Rachel Liel contacted Shaked on Sunday demanding that she update the organization on her plan to fight the “real” threat against the NIF and other human rights organizations.

Liel also called on Shaked to “fight immediately against Jewish terror.”

The nonprofit organization aims to bring social justice and equality to all Israelis and leads initiatives to promote democracy, religious pluralism, women’s rights and minority rights.

It has faced criticism from the political right, with right-wing group Im Tirtzu spearheading a campaign in 2010 against the organization. The campaign claimed that NIF was posing as a Zionist organization while delegitimizing Israel, and therefore was “a greater threat to Israel than any boycott organization worldwide.”

Amanda Borschel-Dan contributed to this report.

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