Gush Shalom campaigns to deny federal tax exempt status to US charities supporting settlements

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Last week I posted on an exciting new Gush Shalom campaign to cut off funding from the US for Israeli settlements. Now we have more information on the campaign directly from Gush Shalom, and the campaign is focused much more broadly than just money to the settlements.

The organization was kind enough to share more details on the campaign, which I’ve included below. In addition to targeting US-based non profit organizations which serve as financial conduits to the settlers, and larger Jewish charities, such as Nefesh B’Nefesh and the Jewish National Fund, that carry out projects in the occupied Palestinian territories, Gush Shalom is also going after "those supporting policies enabling illegal settlement activity through propaganda campaigns" such as StandWithUs and The Israel Project. Great work.

We’ll be following this campaign closely. Hopefully this campaign will find some US partners soon. As I said earlier, this is really a campaign that should be coming from the American Jewish community as a way to take responsibility for our ongoing complicity in the Israeli occupation. Here are the details from Gush Shalom –

Gush Shalom memo

8 Responses

  1. potsherd
    August 4, 2009, 2:53 pm

    This is the kind of activity that can bring results.

    I hope they also press for investigating donors as supporters of terrorism, for “links” to Kahanist organizations.

    • Psychopathic god
      August 4, 2009, 4:17 pm

      and use RICO statutes to seize settlement assets that were acquired with fraudulently obtained funds — ie, if Bernie Madoff-connected money was used to build settlements, then settlements should be seized.

  2. LeaNder
    August 4, 2009, 3:19 pm

    “For example, a foreensic accounting report on NGO Monitor will be published in he third quarter of 2009.”

    YES! You go Uri Avnery and Gush Shalom.

  3. otto
    August 4, 2009, 5:15 pm

    That should include all US charities supporting Israel, since the central policy of Israel is to support – evasively and euphemistically, with claptrap about swaps and ‘settlement blocs’ – settlements…

  4. VR
    August 4, 2009, 6:18 pm

    Hey, might as well start with the asses who keep selling illegal settlement homes in the USA –



    Or Amana


    Having a housing fair near you…

  5. Citizen
    August 5, 2009, 2:45 pm

    Stop the settlements:

    link to

  6. VR
    August 6, 2009, 8:42 pm

    Here is another hefty little site done by some ladies which actually shows who is participating and profiting in the settler enterprise –


    As an example, with a link to each name – this is a site packed with information:

    “Services to the Settlements

    This section of the database includes companies that provide services to the settlements, with an emphasis on discriminatory services that are provided solely to the Jewish settlements and not to their surrounding Palestinian neighbors, services that help connect the settlements to Israel and normalize their status, and security services dedicated to keeping Palestinians out of the settlements.

    This category includes companies that pay below market prices for Palestinian products because Palestinian producers are restricted to selling to companies that can cross Israeli checkpoints or borders.

    It also includes companies that use or exploit Palestinian or Syrian natural and environmental resources under the protection of the occupation.

    With present conditions, almost all Israeli companies buying Palestinian products or using Palestinian natural resources would fall under this definition.
    Dead Sea Laboratories
    Allied Holdings
    Ashtrom Group
    B. Gaon Holdings
    Ben Hasharon
    Eden Springs
    Elyakim Ben Ari
    Hanson Israel (formerly: Pioneer Concrete Israel)
    Hofrey Hasharon
    Kfar Giladi Quarries
    Leader Management and Development (formerly: Leader Company)
    Medan General Contracting Earth Roads and Quarries
    Meitarim Quarry
    Mordechai Binyamin and Sons Earth Works
    Readymix Industries
    Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering
    Veolia Environnement
    Yatir Quarry”

    Another example is under the title “Specialized Equipment Services,” where you will find such names as:

    Hewlett Packard

    The Wall and Checkpoint

    DataCard (like IBM During the Holocaust)
    Shamrock (Disney Co.)

    Anyhow, you get the idea.

  7. americangoy
    August 6, 2009, 10:15 pm

    Why do they have tax exempt status, again?

    If I want to donate to Darfur, is that tax exempt?

    Or any other country?

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