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Op-Ed: The American Government vs.Pro-Israel Supporters

Is the IRS giving "special attention" to Israel supporting organzations?
Published: Sunday, June 01, 2014 10:03 PM


This week, the Executive Director of a major Jewish, Pro-Israel non-profit organization confidentially told me their organization remains under IRS scrutiny and has had tremendous legal issues over the last few years. The organization had functioned without any issues for many years prior to this – and at the insistence of their board has not publicized the issue. (One imagines large individual donors don’t wish to be audited as well).

Similarly, media reports this week reveal that a federal judge refused to dismiss a suit brought by Z Street, a pro-Israel group, against the IRS. The ruling had Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson order the IRS to stop “attempting to thwart this action’s advancement,” and to respond to the complaint within thirty days.

The IRS noted that the organization’s application for tax-exempt status had been sent to a “special unit… to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”

The richest Jew in the world, Sheldon Adelson, who is proud to be very pro-Israel (and of course very intelligent) wisely noted prior to Obama’s re-election that a second Obama term would bring government “vilification of people that were against him.” And, how right he was.

In the aftermath of IRS admissions that they had been intentionally targeting conservative groups since at least 2011, making intrusive and unconstitutional inquiries, is there not clear writing on the wall about pro-Israel organizations? Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ noted, alluding to the conservative organizations being targeted, that it was a revival of “McCarthyism” – and a deliberate targeting and harassment of conservative organizations.  

Where are the voices of the many liberal Jewish organizations condemning this Administration for turning the full power of the IRS on American citizens? This is a harsh attack upon freedom and liberty, which is liberal practice at its finest – liberal except when it comes to political opponents.

If indeed pro-Israel organizations' claims are true and they were targeted because they worked to educate about Zionism, Israel and the need for Israel to stand strong against terrorists, there will be legal repercussions. The American government's harassment of political opponents – which may include pro-Israel organizations – is sinister and despicable.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR – and a contributor to Arutz 7.