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WhatsApp founder pours millions into Israeli lobby, settler groups – Doha News

Koum is believed to have donated $140 million to nearly 70 pro-Israel groups in the US between 2019 and 2020.

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum donated a record $2 million to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Democratic primary last month.

The Ukrainian-born Jewish innovator and billionaire has more than doubled his contribution to a controversial pro-Israel lobby, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Critics say AIPAC poses an “existential threat” to the US Democratic Party following a surge in funding to secure a victory for a pro-Israeli candidate.

Koum’s net worth is estimated at $9.8 billion to $13.7 billion. He is believed to have donated his $140 million to about 70 pro-Israel groups in the US between 2019 and his 2020.

One of his more controversial donations was reportedly $6 million to Friends of Ir David, Elad’s US fundraising arm.

Elad has been described as an Israeli weapon for acquiring Palestinian land, including private property owned by fleeing Palestinians during the first and second Nakba in 1948 or 1967. rice field. The Israeli pro-settlement organization was founded in 1986 and has primarily worked in occupied Palestinian villages. Silwan in East Jerusalem, south of the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

He also donated $600,000 to the Maccabee Task Force Foundation, which aims to combat anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses.

AIPAC and its allies nearly $7 million In last Tuesday’s election in Maryland, more than any other political action group (PAC) opposed Donna Edwards, the state’s first black woman elected to the House of Representatives.

Her defeat is the latest in a series of defeats for the Liberal Democrats, which have been targeted by the pro-Israel lobby.

During her previous term in Congress, Edwards refused to support Israel’s attack on Gaza despite strong opposition from the Israeli government and supported the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. This infuriated certain pro-Israel groups.

Israeli settlements are considered illegal under international law. Human rights groups have continued to pressure Israeli authorities to stop the expansion of the settlement, but their calls have fallen on deaf ears.

The last high-profile meeting in Saudi Arabia was attended by the leaders of the GCC+3 (Jordan, Iraq and Egypt) and US President Joe Biden, and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al- Sahni denounced Israel’s “power politics”.

“The greatest source of tension and instability will linger unless Israel stops its practices and violations of international law reflected in the building of settlements, the changing character of Jerusalem and its continued siege of Gaza.” he said at the Jeddah Security and Development Summit.

Echoing similar comments made by other leaders, the Amir stressed the importance of addressing the continued Israeli occupation of Palestine, making it a “symbol for both the Arab and Islamic worlds.” He explained that it was a “good reason” that had “natural weight”.

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