By Gregory Wilpert
GREG WILPERT: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore.
The largest and best funded pro-Israel NGO in the world, known as The Israel Project, is closing down, having run out of funding. The Israel Project, also known as TIP, was founded in 2002, and is laying off all of its employees, closing its building, and its website is no longer being updated. It had a budget of over $10 million per year, with offices in Washington, DC and in Jerusalem. It brought celebrities to Israel to create positive coverage and distract from the occupation. For example, it organized helicopter rides for journalists visiting Israel so that they report on the occupied territories without actually meeting or speaking with any Palestinians. Also, it waged a fierce war in social media and on US campuses to delegitimize, demonize, and dehumanize Palestinians and Palestinian solidarity activists.
Last month, Josh Block, the CEO of The Israel Project, resigned over a funding crisis after undercover reporting by the news outlet Al Jazeera exposed his identity and methods. Was TIP really an NGO, though? It was an organization that worked very closely with the Israeli government,…