The Job announcement follows:
The Middle East Program of the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) is looking for interns to support Palestine solidarity campaigns, economic activism and prisoner solidarity projects. Part- to full-time internships available until the end of September, with a possible continuation to a full year internship.Its not quite as "grass roots" as the anti-Israel activists would have you believe. Its never been.
The work will take place at the AFSC San Francisco office. Available stipend is $12 an hour, up to $1200 a month.
We are looking for: someone who cares about the issues, preferably a student activist familiar with Israel/ Palestine. The intern must have excellent computer skills and writing skills, with some experience in research. Preference to Arabic speakers. The tasks may include: Coordinating campus and community organizers; Corporate research for activism; Updating on-line databases; Uploading and sending out information.
Please send your application by July 25th to email@example.com. Include your CV and a cover letter, explaining how you fit the requirements and why you are interested in this position. Further include a writing sample of at least one page and two references from people who know your work.
From Arutz Sheva:
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. "
"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…"