The media (especially here in Scandinavia) are either ignorant of this or couldn’t care less. KGS
Leftist Admits: We Are All on the Payroll
Are Israel’s leftists pure ideologues or guns for hire? Yotam Feldman, who was born into the leftist camp – his father is liberal lawyer Avigdor Feldman – believes the latter.
In a Hebrew language post at the “Eretz HaEmori” blog, Feldman says that in his life, he has witnessed how Israel’s “human rights movement” became a source of income for its activists. He relates how his father’s old Subaru “gradually turned” into a BMW, and how the family moved from a rented apartment in Yafo to a spacious Tel Aviv apartment.
“When it came time to provide for myself, I also turned to fields that were somehow connected to the state of democracy in Israel,” Feldman writes. These fields “gave me an interesting vocation and a salary that was not bad. Then I began to understand that there is something irreversible about belonging to this community. It seemed to me that whoever tied his fate – whether because of family lineage or a private decision – with the fate of the NGOs in Israel, guaranteed himself a livelihood… for most of his adult life.”
Nor is his case extraordinary. “It is a well known but seldom stated fact that a very large part of the leftist activists in Tel Aviv earn their salaries in different ways from the human rights branch. Many of the prominent – and often most vocal – activists in the demonstrations are paid spokespeople, PR people, producers and organizers and of course, lawyers who man the tip of the pyramid in these groups.”
“This is a pretty confusing situation because when you are standing in a demonstration or even just engaging in idle talk, it is not clear if the person next to you is expressing his opinion as a result of inner conviction or as an inseparable part of his job…”