Jewish federation will no longer fund Canary Mission

(graphic: Nikki Casey / Forward)
Since the Forward first reported on the grant supporting Canary Mission, left-wing Jewish groups have criticized the San Francisco federation and the Diller Foundation.

By Josh Nathan-Kazis | Forward | Oct 3, 2018

‘Respected Jewish communal funders should not be supporting an organization whose entire purpose is to intimidate and harass pro-Palestinian students. As Hillel leaders have pointed out, Canary Mission’s tactics do not help Israel or Jewish students, but only backfire and reinforce the belief that Israel and pro-Israel students cannot tolerate dissent.’
— Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of the rabbinic human rights group T’ruah

The Jewish federation that the Forward exposed Wednesday as bankrolling the online blacklist Canary Mission now says it will no longer support the site.

In a statement, the Jewish Community Federation of San Fransisco acknowledged that the Helen Diller Family Foundation, which it controls, made a $100,000 grant in 2016 to support the blacklist site, which targets students who criticize Israel.

Canary Mission has posted more than a thousand political dossiers on undergraduates. The dossiers are intended to hurt students’ job prospects, and have been used in interrogations by Israeli border officials.

“Both the Helen Diller Family Foundation and the Federation will not support the Canary Mission in the future,” the federation said.

Yet the revelation that the federation had supported Canary Mission has already drawn anger, and raised questions about the involvement of major Jewish institutions in the wave of covert attacks against students who criticize Israel on U.S. campuses.

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