ADC’s Campaign Against Organizations Supporting Settlements in Jerusalem and Occupied Territor
Posted Aug 28, 2009

ADC’s Campaign Against Organizations Supporting Settlements in Jerusalem and Occupied Territories

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has filed multiple administrative complaints with the US Department of the Treasury, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting investigations into the activities of organizations claiming tax-exempt status under section 501(C)3 of the US Tax Code yet allegedly raising funds for the development of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Among other allegations, ADC complaints allege that these organizations are using assets and income in direct violation of their addressed purpose, and to support illegal and terrorist activities abroad.

The construction of settlements in occupied territory is illegal under international humanitarian law. The use of tax-exempt status to raise funds for these types of activities is also illegal under US law. Further, it is a central part of stated US policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict that settlement expansion and construction must stop. In filing its complaints, ADC seeks to ensure that US tax laws are not being exploited, and violated, by certain organizations which are allegedly using their tax-exempt status contradictory to stated US policies on this issue.
Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including the system of segregation roads, walls and checkpoints which surround them, continue to debilitate life for Palestinians in the occupied territory. Every American administration since the Carter Administration has been critical of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Most recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Israeli government initiatives to expand these settlements. More information on the challenges associated with Israeli settlement construction and detailed information on the settlement enterprise can be read in the recently-released ADC-Research Institute’s issue paper on this subject.


SEE ALSO:

BACKGROUND:

A guide to Israeli settlements http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gorenberg28-2009jun28,0,6704423.story
Land expropriation and settlements http://www.btselem.org/English/settlements/
The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary http://www.newsweek.com/id/206021
Israeli settlement policy Factbox http://www.reuters.com/article/newsMaps/idUSTRE56P0C720090726
Statistics and tables on settlements http://www.fmep.org/settlement_info/overview.html
Timeline of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories http://www.lebanonwire.com/0805/05081003AFP.asp (1967-2005)
Timelines of Israeli settlements http://www.fmep.org/settlement_info/settlement_timelines.html

ARTICLES:

Abramoff and al-Arian: Lobbyist’s “Charity” a Front for Terrorism, Juan Cole http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11456.htm
ADC Files Complaints against US Tax Exempt Organizations Raisings Funds for West Bank Settlements http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/adc_files_complaints_against_us_tax_exempt_organizations_raisings_funds_for/ 3/27/09
B’Tselem report says 58% of Ofra Settlement Built on Private Palestinian Lands http://www.imemc.org/article/58118
Christian Evangelicals Pump $100-Million into Israeli Settlements, Richard Silverstein http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2005/03/07/christian-evang/ 3/7/05
Defending the indefensible settlements, Richard Silverstein http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/jul/13/israel-west-bank-settlements-obama 7/13/09
Enforce a Ban on Settlements, George Bisharat http://www.counterpunch.org/bisharat08272005.html 8/27/05
Five years after ICJ ruling, Israel expands its Illegal Wall onto more Palestinian Land, Ben White http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64938 7/28/09
Global Peace Index for 2009 (Israel ranked in bottom 20%) http://www.visionofhumanity.org/images/content/GPI-2009/2009-GPI-ResultsReport-20090526.pdf
Greek Orthodox Church: No Israeli Settlements on Our Land http://www.aljazeerah.info/News/2009/July/28%20n/Orthodox%20Church%20No%20Israeli%20Settlements%20on%20Our%20Land.htm 7/28/09
Palestinian prime minister says Jews would be welcome in future state http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/135325
Obama urges Israel to halt expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Obama+urges+Israel+halt+expansion+Jewish+settlements+West+Bank/1641862/story.html 5/29/09
Israel: Bush Officials Agreed To Settlement Building http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/03/israel-bush-officials-agr_n_211006.html 6/3/09
Israeli Lobby - Article Collection http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/israeli_lobby_article_collection/
Israeli Propoganda Machine, Sheila Musaji http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/israeli_propoganda_machine/0017471
Israeli right welcomes US envoys with racist rally http://mondoweiss.net/2009/07/suddenly-the-relationship-doesnt-look-so-special-israeli-right-welcomes-us-envoys-with-racist-rally.html 7/28/09
Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians in Nablus and Qalqilia, Injuring Six Civilians http://www.aljazeerah.info/News/2009/June/1%20n/Illegal%20Israeli%20Settlers%20Attack%20Palestinians%20in%20Nablus%20and%20Qalqilia,%20Injuring%20Six%20Civilians.htm 1/6/09
Israeli Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein kills 30 at holy site http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/25/newsid_4167000/4167929.stm 1994
Israeli settlements: more than obstacles to peace http://imeu.net/news/article0017056.shtml 7/28/09
Israeli settlers attack Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance in Hebron’s Old City http://imeu.net/news/article0016205.shtml 4/12/09
Israeli Settlers attack Palestinians following outpost evacuation http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1101547.html 7/20/09
Israeli Settlers burn Palestinian lands west of Nablus; third attack in four days http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=212273 7/15/09
Israeli settlers attack West Bank village http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/04/2009487194819575.html 4/09
Israeli settlers attack Palestinian, Israeli youth protesting land confiscation http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=211629 1/7/09
Israeli settlers’ attack on Palestinian family captured on video http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0613/p99s01-duts.html 6/13/08
Israeli Settlers attack Israeli police disguised as Arabs http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/03/29/69467.html 3/29/09
Israeli settlers in masks go on rampage after army moves in http://www.smh.com.au/world/masked-settlers-go-on-rampage-after-army-moves-in-20090724-dw75.html 7/25/09
Israeli Settlers attack Palestinian School Girls in Hebron http://www.eappi.org/en/photos-videos/photos/84-photo-essay-israeli-settlers-attack-palestinian-school-girls-in-hebron.html 11/07
Israeli Settlers beating up Palestinians http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7451691.stm 6/8/08
Israeli settlers burn olive groves in ‘price tag’ retaliation attack http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6721173.ece 7/21/09
Israeli settler violence (article collection) http://www.btselem.org/english/publications/Index.asp?TF=01
Jewish Extremism and Terrorism - article collection http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/jewish_extremism/
Jimmy Carter interview with Reza Aslan http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-01-29/carter-on-iran/
Militant Jewish settlers set up 11 outposts in the occupied West Bank http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/28/jewish-settlements-west-bank
“No, You Can’t!” - Israel tells Obama, Fareed Mahdy http://www.indepthnews.net/news/news.php?key1=2009-07-26%2019:52:54&key2=1 7/26/09
Obama-Abbas: It starts with the settlements, Daoud Kuttab http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/obama_abbas_it_starts_with_the_settlements/
PALESTINE - ISRAEL - article collection http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/palestine_israel/
Reaction to Netanyahu’s Speech, compiled by Sheila Musaji http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/netanyahus_speech/0017397
Reaction to President Obama’s Cairo Speech , compiled by Sheila Musaji http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/reaction_to_president_obamas_cairo_speech_article_collection/0017372
Seeing Through Israeli Delay Tactics, Yousef Munayyer http://www.counterpunch.org/munayyer06232009.html 6/23/09
Settlement expansion: Un-natural Growth http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/settlement_expansion_un_natural_growth/ 7/11/09
The Settlements Facts - responding to “natural growth” justification, Daniel Kurtzer http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/12/AR2009061203498.html 6/14/09
Spinning Israeli Settlements (Israel Project’s Guide) http://www.prwatch.org/node/8464
Want to Stop Israeli Settlements? Follow the Dollars, Ronit Avni http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/25/AR2009062503427.html
Yes, you can! —Uri Avnery http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C07%5C28%5Cstory_28-7-2009_pg3_5
Will the U.S. Demand an End to Israeli Settlements, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/israeli_settlements/