Intercept: Tax Exempt Nonprofits Fuel Israeli’s Apartheid

U.S. charities are funding Israeli settler organizations working to evict Palestinians from their East Jerusalem homes.


ON MAY 6, right-wing Israeli officials descended on Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, to show their support for the settler movement’s push to displace Palestinian residents and take their homes.

One of the officials was Aryeh King, a deputy mayor of Jerusalem and settler who lives in the Palestinian neighborhood of Ras al-Amud. In an exchange caught on camera, King mocked Palestinian activist Mohammed Abu Hummus for being shot by Israeli forces in his backside, and then, pointing at his head, said, “It’s a pity it didn’t go in here.” It was a wish for the death of a Palestinian.

The remarks turned a spotlight on King’s involvement in the saga of Sheikh Jarrah, the Palestinian neighborhood targeted by Israeli settlers that is at the heart of the current crisis in Israel-Palestine. The impending removal of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah fueled tensions in Jerusalem, which spiraled out of the holy city into Gaza and the rest of Israel-Palestine. Israeli airstrikes are now blanketing Gaza, with Palestinian groups firing rockets back; both Jewish and Palestinian mobs are roaming cities in Israel, beating up whoever they can find.

King is one of the players, among others, who has stoked tensions in Sheikh Jarrah, the site of a long-simmering crisis. In 2007, King started the Israel Land Fund, and since then, the group has worked to buy land in Palestinian neighborhoods throughout occupied East Jerusalem to sell to Jewish settlers.

The Israel Land Fund isn’t trying to dominate East Jerusalem by itself. It’s doing it with the help of private American donors, who get tax deductions for the money they give to U.S.-based nonprofits who funnel the money to Israeli settlements. The overwhelming majority of the Israel Land Fund’s budget comes from the Central Fund of Israel, a U.S.-based nonprofit.  read more…

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  1. The same people who constantly bellow about immigrants drove them north after conversion in central America, then stole the children whenever possible, got paid for that, then sent the money to Israel to kill and separate more families. All tax payer incentivized.
    So, when you hear rhetoric about immigration, check who sent it down the pipe and how much they make from it. Churches are not who, they think or we think, they are.
    If you think trump was a con man,… he disappears in the shadow of churches. They are not your friend and they are not being truthful with you. They are lying every day.

  2. Taxpayer funded foreign usurpation. Incentivized as the money is also tax exempt at the individual churches, properties, parsonages, retreats, camps, and even the mining operations in Africa. 501c3 is a designation for a non profit that in some way assists or benefits the community. The churches do not do this. And now here, we have them interfering and damaging our foreign relations, and putting us at risk, causing WAR.
    The volunteers will still hand out food without the millions going to the rich preachers and foreign operating bases of foreign religions. Churches are toxic clubhouses. Dispersion is the product. Can I send ammunition to Palestine ?

    • The triumvirate is surging behind the con man, though with starts and sputters, and even parts of the PPP went to Israel. The churches reaped big, and they are also reaping from the immigration resettlement contracts and taking the children. So, war, terror, destroying families, and stealing tax dollars, are all part of the evaluation of whether churches have a net positive score on our community. I have said for decades, they do not, and anyone who follows the money will say the same. the charity is false, the product is dispersion, and the selfishness and the pious fraud alone, should remove all tax exemptions.

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