Flap over use of
tax exemption to help settlements U.S.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Could a
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius pointed out in a March 26 column that while the
Ignatius emphasized that there’s nothing illegal about the contributions, but noted that there were 28
The day after Ignatius’ column appeared, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee announced in a news release that it had filed multiple administrative complaints with the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service requesting investigations into the activities of tax-exempt groups raising money for
An ADC spokesperson said the group found some preliminary evidence to suggest that funds raised in the
Americans for Peace Now spokesman Ori Nir was quoted in Ignatius’ piece, but said his organization was not planning or involved in any kind of initiative to yank the tax exemption for charities sending money to settlements, nor was he aware of a legislative effort to do so.
APN, he said, objects more generally to all the money going to support settlement activity — the very principle of funding settlements in the
It’s wrong for people to fund settlements, whether it’s the
Residents and supporters of settlements objected to the suggestion that
In his blog, Yisrael Medad of the
Medad, a former Knesset aide and media critic who describes himself as an unofficial spokesman for the Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria, goes on to say that What Ignatius seems to be promoting is that you can get tax-exemption for your donation if the money doesn’t go to Jews. Or are there other areas around the globe where a similar thesis could be argued, that you can separate between peoples in the same territory?
Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, offered similar arguments, saying it was discriminatory to single out the money Jewish settlers in the West Bank receive from U.S. groups as unworthy of tax-exempt status while permitting other organizations to raise funds for Palestinians in the area.
The suggestion that a Jewish minority living among a