Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
ADC Supplements NY Times Report on
Tax-Exempt Funds Aiding Illegal Israeli Settlements
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 12, 2010
Washington, DC |
ADC welcomes the NY Times article, which reemphasizes ADC's on-going
campaign in addressing the role American NGO's play in funding illegal
Israeli settlements. The article titled, "Tax-Exempt Funds Aid
Settlements in West Bank," highlighted the issue of American non-profit
organizations (NGO's) funding illegal settlement activity in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory (OPT).
full article can be read here.
Although the article is fair and balanced, there are more components
pertaining to the legality of the issue, which supplement the claims
raised by the NY Times. Two key points not mentioned at length in
the article are the engagement of the NGO's in discriminatory practices
and deceptive fundraising. Research by ADC has uncovered that these
NGO's are engaged in discriminatory practices by funding projects and
activities which cannot be used by Palestinians. Such discriminatory
practices are against American public policy, and NGO's are prohibited
from engaging in such activity as described in the US Supreme Court Case
of Bob Jones University v. The United States. In the case, the High
Court agreed that the IRS can disqualify organizations that act contrary
to public policy from receiving tax-exempt status from the federal
government. The court upheld the IRS's disqualification of Bob Jones
University as a tax-exempt organization, despite its educational mission,
because its racially discriminatory practices were found to be contrary to
Further, many American NGO's are engaging in
deceptive fundraising. These organizations solicit donations by
claiming they are raising funds for things such as "educational purposes"
or "community development" when in reality the funds are used in some
cases for the purchase of weapons and paramilitary material.
Deceptive fundraising can lead to an organization losing its 501(c)(3)
status, as well as possible criminal actions against those perpetrating
The article attempts to distinguish between "outposts"
and "settlements;" however, it is ADC's position that there is no
difference between the two, as both are illegal under international law
and amount to a continuous and unjust occupation of the OPT. Any
peace agreement must include the immediate freeze and dismantlement of all
ADC has been engaging with a broad range of coalition
partners in addressing the issue of illegal funding of settlements.
Over the past year, ADC has filed numerous complaints with the Department
of Treasury against organizations believed to be in violation of their
Prior releases about ADC's work on this matter:
March 2009 release
August 2009 release
January 2010 release
ADC will continue looking into American
NGO's funding of illegal settlement activity, and hopes to file more
complaints in the very near future.
For more information about the
campaign, please contact the ADC Legal Department by calling 202-244-2990
or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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