US tax dollars at work in the West Bank: Bounty money
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the organization that offered every soldier refusing to evacuate a settlement, and the Kfir Brigade soldiers who publicly demonstrated their opposition to evacuation, NIS 1,000 for every day they spend in military prison
The report criticized the Government for not taking action against a registered association inciting mutiny, noting also that it might be a good idea to ask the US to cease providing tax-exemptions for the funder.
Perhaps in an attempt to improve its image in the eyes of the Israeli public, SOS Israel has expanded its range of monetary awards to IDF soldiers. Arutz Sheva, a settler news service, reports that
A soldier holding the rank of Corporal, was awarded 1,800 shekels ($475) by the SOS Save the Land of Israel group Sunday for shooting a terrorist who tried to kill two Jews at a gas station 10 days ago.
This was too much even for the IDF leadership, which usually avoids any kind of confrontation with the fundamentalist establishment: Channel Ten TV News reported Monday night that legal action could be expected against SOS Israel.
Still no word on the tax-exempt funding from the US, however.
UPDATE: December 9 2009 — Israeli attorney general orders investigation of SOS Israel. Better late than never. Will that be enough for the IRS to rescind tax-exempt status for the US charity funding it?