Home > Foreign Funding of Israeli Right, IDF, Jewish Fundamentalism > US tax dollars at work in the West Bank: Bounty money

US tax dollars at work in the West Bank: Bounty money

UPDATED AT BOTTOM

Last Tuesday (December 1 2009) an investigative report in Haaretz  revealed that Machanaim a US 501c3 tax exempt charity is funding the Task Force to Save the Nation and the Land (aka SOS Israel)

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

Bounty award ceremony

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.

###

Further info on the “gas station incident”: (1) Haaretz news report; (2) Video of the Palestinian attacker being run-over by a settler after he had been shot and disabled.

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?

Advertisements
  1. elroy60
    April 18, 2011 at 05:07

    Students for Justice in Palestine Time to BOYCOTT Israel

    Students for Justice in Palestine groups have developed independently as students across the country seek to raise awareness about the Israeli government’s violations of human rights. Our groups represent constituencies of students, faculty, staff and community members from diverse ethnic, religious, national, and political backgrounds including many Jewish and Israeli members who have been continually ostracized by organizations like the ADL. Our organizations work independently of one another, but collectively, we are united in our belief in justice, freedom and
    human rights for the Palestinian people. We are unified by our purpose of confronting these wrongs that cause so much death and suffering.

    Students For Justice in Palestine Group Signatories:

    Arizona State University, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Bard College, International Solidarity Movement
    Bates College, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Benedictine University, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Boston University, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Brandeis University, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Brown University, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Clark University, Students for Palestinian Rights
    Columbia University, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Cornell University, United for Peace and Justice in Palestine
    DePaul University, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Florida International University, Miami, Students for Justice in Palestine
    George Washington University, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Hampshire College- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Harvard College- Palestine Solidarity Committee
    Harvard University- Alliance for Justice in the Middle East
    Illinois Institute of Technology- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Loyola University Chicago- Middle East Student Association (MESA)
    Macalester College- Macalester Students United for Palestinian
    Equal Rights
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology- Palestine@MIT
    New York University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Northeastern Illinois University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Northeastern University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Northwestern University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Ohio State University- Committee for Justice in Palestine
    Purdue University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Rutgers University- BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern
    Justice
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago- Students for Justice in Palestine
    St. Xavier University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Suffolk University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Temple University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Texas Christian University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    The Pennsylvania State University- University Park, Students for Justice in Palestine
    Tufts University- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Arizona- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of California, Berkeley- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of California, Davis- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of California, Hastings College of the Law- La Raza Law Students Association
    University of California, Hastings College of the Law- Middle Eastern Law Students Association
    University of California, Los Angeles School of Law- Law Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of California, Los Angeles- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of California, Riverside- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of California, San Diego- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of California, Santa Barbara- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of California, Santa Cruz- Committee for Justice in Palestine
    University of Chicago- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Connecticut- International Relations Association
    University of Florida, Gainesville- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Florida- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Illinois at Chicago- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Maryland, Baltimore- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Massachusetts, Boston- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Michigan- Students Allied for Freedom and Equality
    University of Pittsburgh- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of South Florida- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Southern California- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Southern California- Students for Justice in Palestine
    University of Texas, Austin- Palestine Solidarity Committee
    University of Washington, Seattle- Students for Justice in Palestine
    Wellesley College- Justice for Palestine.

    Sixty-two years after the creation of the State of Israel in historic Palestine and the mass expulsion of 800,000-1 million Palestinians, and forty three years since the beginning of Israel’s brutal, ongoing military occupation and settlement campaign in the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinians remain a people under siege. Their human rights have been consistently violated by the State of Israel, in flagrant violation of international law. These violations include reckless and indiscriminate violence against Palestinian communities by the Israeli military that have killed thousands of Palestinians, the planting and subsidizing of massive, militarized Jew-only Israeli settlements on land confiscated from Palestinians, the prevention of the Palestinian right to return as articulated in UNGA 194, the use of checkpoints and “security barriers” to restrict movement and access to medical care, the confiscation of collective Palestinian property, impunity for armed Jewish terrorist groups operating in Palestinian territory, the practice of targeting medical staff and hospitals, the punishment of entire Palestinian communities through “curfews” that might better be labeled collective house arrest, and economic embargoes against basic foodstuffs and medical supplies.

    These actions by the State of Israel are collective and indiscriminate forms of political violence against everyone in Palestine, regardless of their actions – namely, terrorism. This state terrorism, both in its means and its consequences, far outweighs the impotent and desperate violent crimes committed by Palestinians against innocent Israelis that the West has labeled terrorism. In consequence, civilians killed by the Israeli state far outweigh those killed by Palestinians. As for means — when a criminal jumps a fence and blows up a bus, you can call the police; when the police (or in Palestine, the military) blow up entire villages, who do you call?

    International Solidarity Movement
    Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Movement Against Israel

    Understanding the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Movement Against Israel

    In the last few years, Palestinians and the solidarity movements in support of Palestinian rights have been successful in drawing attention to Israel as an apartheid state deserving of the same treatment as apartheid South Africa. Prominent individuals such as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Richard Falk and many others, have used the term apartheid at various moments to refer to Israel’s regime of gross violations of international law. But what is apartheid and exactly why is Israel an apartheid state? Most importantly, why should conscientious people across the world join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which has been growing over the last six years?

    Yale University- Students for Justice in Palestine

  1. December 9, 2009 at 14:38
  2. December 9, 2009 at 18:52
  3. December 10, 2009 at 02:38
  4. December 20, 2009 at 18:31
  5. December 14, 2010 at 17:32
  6. December 15, 2010 at 15:38
  7. December 17, 2010 at 22:54
  8. December 20, 2010 at 03:25
  9. December 20, 2010 at 05:56
  10. January 2, 2011 at 16:40
  11. November 6, 2011 at 17:45
  12. November 6, 2011 at 17:46

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: