One U.S. family responsible for half of Netanyahu’s donations


Owners of Duty Free America, a large chain of duty-free shops that operates in 13 airports, pledged half of NIS 330,000 Netanyahu raised.

Haaretz

Members of a single American family have donated half of the NIS 330,000 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has raised for his Likud party primary campaign in the past few weeks. Four members of the Falic family from Florida are responsible for contributing some NIS 165,000.

Of the nine donors that appear on the political contributions page on the state comptroller’s website, seven gave over NIS 41,000 – very close to the maximum of NIS 43,280 that individuals are allowed to donate. Several of the donors have been mentioned in Channel 10’s “Bibitours” investigative reports, according to which the prime minister may have allowed donors to finance his trips abroad, and allegedly billed a trip to two different sources.

In April, Netanyahu and his wife Sara filed an NIS-3.5 million libel suit against Channel 10 over the reports.

The most prominent name among the prime minister’s donors is that of the Falics, a well-known family that owns Duty Free Americas, a large chain of duty-free shops that operates in 13 airports and along the United States’ northern and southern borders. At one point, the family also owned the Christian Lacroix fashion house.

Nily Falic is the national president of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces in the United States; another family member, Jana Falic, is president of WIZO-USA.

The family members who contributed to Netanyahu were Nily’s husband, Chaim, who passed away earlier this month; their son, Leon; another son, Jerome; and her daughter, Jana, along with her husband Simon. Each of them donated $11,000.

The Falics have contributed to Netanyahu before, giving him $15,000 in 2005. During previous primaries, the family also donated money to Limor Livnat and Shaul Mofaz.

The family has also become involved in U.S. elections, and in recent years has donated a total of more than $100,000 to various candidates, both Republicans and Democrats.

The Falic family was mentioned in one of the Channel 10 Bibitours investigations as a Netanyahu donor who had not been reported to the state comptroller. Netanyahu’s lawyer said after the broadcast aired that some $15,000 had been returned to the family.

Among the other recent donors to Netanyahu’s campaign is Joshua Rowe of Britain, who contributed 7,000 pounds, more than NIS 41,000. Rowe, the main funder and board chairman of the King David School in Manchester, gave NIS 38,000 to Netanyahu in 2007 and $8,000 in 2005.

Rowe was mentioned as funding a visit to London by the Netanyahus in 2006, when Netanyahu was the opposition leader – a trip whose total cost was reported to have been NIS 131,000.

Rowe subsequently defended Netanyahu, saying he had paid 15,000 pounds for the couple’s hotel suite, and adding that Netanyahu had been very active during the trip, giving media interviews and raising money for Israel Bonds.

Another donation of $11,000 recently came from Nira Abramowitz who, together with husband Kenneth, sponsor the annual Israel Media Criticism Prize, which carries a cash award of $5,000. Winners have tended to be from the right side of the political spectrum, and have included the Latma website, Caroline Glick, Haggai Segal, Ben-Dror Yemini and others.

The other donors on the short list are Munik Rechtshafen from New York, Barry Ness of New York, and Ze’ev Gertler of London.

Netanyahu’s rival in the Likud primary, Moshe Feiglin, has raised some NIS 155,000. A survey of Feiglin’s donors shows enormous differences between the two: While Netanyahu has a list of relatively few foreign donors who have been contributing large sums – Feiglin’s donors are mostly Israelis from Jerusalem, Haifa and Beit Shemesh whose contributions were far smaller, a few hundred shekels at most.

Haaretz could not obtain a response from Likud by press time.

  1. #1 by spktruth on 01/16/2012 - 9:34

    If they contribute to Bibi the terrible, they must also be donating heavily to the zionists who occupy both houses. Bibi is a right wing thug, even true Jewish Rabbis state has hijacked judaism and installed zionism. Zionism is anti God, apartheid bunch of right wing neo con war mongers the world over. Down with zionism satanists.

  2. #2 by john on 01/16/2012 - 9:34

    wipe out the zionists, or they will wipe you out

  3. #3 by Isaac on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    Get rid of those Zionists. All they are doing is destroying America.

  4. #4 by ruby22shoes on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    the family also owned the Christian Lacroix fashion house. Certainly doesn’t connote zionism or Jewish does it? The Christian of the Cross? Am I translating correctly?

    How many sheckels for a splinter of the True Cross?

  5. #5 by Jennifer Hor on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    Bravo to Ha’aretz for reporting this news. One Israeli newspaper beats crap out of the entire Anglophone world’s news media for speaking truth to power.

  6. #6 by JOHNNY BARTEE on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    GAME OVER. The Zionists have the United States of America by the balls. They control everything so well that nothing can ever be done to change it.

  7. #7 by Ingrid B on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    “$11,000. $15,000 $100,000 7,000 pounds NIS 38,000 to Netanyahu in 2007 and $8,000 in 2005 15,000 pounds for the couple’s hotel suite Another donation of $11,000” :

    all this whilst people worldwide are homeless and hungry..

  8. #8 by aubreyfarmer on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    The Falic family. Surely this is a play on the word phallic. It is true that the Khazars, which the majority of those calling themselves Jews today are descendants of, worshiped the phallus. This also might explain the fixation Hollywood has with anything sexually perverted and Jewish funding of every gay and lesbian organization in the United States. As if it were necessary to expose the Zionists for the criminals they are, there is one terrific video on YouTube “Benjamin Freedman’s 1961 Speech” A Jew that has renounce his Judaism. A new book out by Michael Hoffman, a Christian is the best book I have read in my lifetime. I am only a few pages in and am absolutely amazed at the incredible insight this book brings to what Judaism as taught by the Talmudic Rabbis is all about. One astonishing revelation is how the Talmud and the Rabbinic teachings can be proven to be the root of all racism in the Western world.

  9. #9 by dante ardenz on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    Oh the dear Jews;Why they are merely highly intelligent,and rich victims we Anti-Semites are merely jealouse of.Yes we must allow them to start wars,take our money,run our government,kill our Presidents(JFK)and just plain enslave us for our own good!Why don’t you listen to Pat Robertson the big Mason,and Rothchild family business partner.Or the paid off Pope,and fat Reverend Hagge?Shame on you!Than theres Jew Neoconservative FOX NEWS.The Ex-Marxist Trotskyites turned Republicans know how to put o a show!Lets all get behind the GOP now.They want even hotter war for the Jews than that Muslum Obama! But seriously,we must fight these people without fear.Ignore te media/religion brain wash and the Holacayust WW2 rubbish.Learn,have courage and fight.The Federeal Reserve is 53% Rothchild;Expose it.Read the American Free Press 1-888-699-NEWs.The David Irving ACtion REport.Com.Get his books!Pat Buchanan,and RENSE.STOP BACKING ANY FORCE SUPPORTING THEM!Right or Left.

  10. #10 by Simon Zerfus on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    Duty Free America is also the dutyfreecigarettes.com, airportcigarettes.com and the other 50 domains that ship from Israel — Since the PACT act in 2010 no American company or Indian Reservation can ship tobacco and cigarettes, but they can right to your door. And the can accept credit cards and do have the best price. How / why do they get this enormous monopoly on the US cigarette market ? Sorry ……

    They also have a bad habit of forgetting to ship complete orders – and try arguing with their knuckleheaded call centers in Sri Lanka.

  11. #11 by Kermit on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    They should’ve sent him a credit card.

  12. #12 by a5r3am on 01/17/2012 - 9:34

    DONATION!!!! Is he homeless?? Is he a new immigrant?? Instead of moving his tongue and flies are constantly coming out of his mouth, he should get a JOB. Jews hate any type of manual work.

  13. #13 by John Kountouris (@johndk7) on 01/19/2012 - 9:34

    ROUND UP THE CRIMINALS!

    JEW WORLD ORDER, Kindle.

  14. #14 by james on 01/19/2012 - 9:34

    I am slow as I have no religion I do not know what a Jew or islamist or christan or buddist is other then by their deeds. As a kid I seem documentaries about the said good war were the Nazis did kill on purpose said jews and others deemed not fit to live. I now have seen jewish mothers telling their children to throw stones at passing palestinian kids and I can quess the occupied do the same. For me the jew have a bomb and i seen Lebanon blow back to the stone age. Is this man better then a Nazi I do not think so:so how he gets his money to buy power is of little consequence in the bigger picture of wrongs.

  15. #15 by Jack Cieslicki on 12/27/2014 - 9:34

    #9 by dante ardenz on January 17, 2012 – 5:40 am

    Oh the dear Jews;Why they are merely highly intelligent,and rich victims we Anti-Semites are merely jealouse of.Yes we must allow them to start wars,take our money,run our government,kill our Presidents(JFK)and just plain enslave us for our own good!Why don’t you listen to Pat Robertson the big Mason,and Rothchild family business partner.Or the paid off Pope,and fat Reverend Hagge?Shame on you!Than theres Jew Neoconservative FOX NEWS.The Ex-Marxist Trotskyites turned Republicans know how to put o a show!Lets all get behind the GOP now.They want even hotter war for the Jews than that Muslum Obama! But seriously,we must fight these people without fear.Ignore te media/religion brain wash and the Holacayust WW2 rubbish.Learn,have courage and fight.The Federeal Reserve is 53% Rothchild;Expose it.Read the American Free Press 1-888-699-NEWs.The David Irving ACtion REport.Com.Get his books!Pat Buchanan,and RENSE.STOP BACKING ANY FORCE SUPPORTING THEM!Right or Left.

    Dear Dante Ardenz,
    I just have realised, that you are foaming almost THREE years! (today is 27/12/2014)
    Take it easy, calm a bit down, many times you have correct evaluation of happenings – generally I am your supporter (sometimes corrrecting your errors) – and I don’t want your demise due to too high blood pressure…

    Goyim of all lands, unite!

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