How Israel is aiding the Gaza rioters

Why does the Israeli government provide tax breaks to organizations which help Gaza rioters attacking IDF soldiers?

Ido Ben Porat,

Gazan rioters
Gazan rioters
Reuters

The leftist "Physicians for Human Rights" (PHR) organization brought a delegation of doctors to Gaza, to treat Gazans who were wounded while violently rioting against Israel.

The organization also delivered medical equipment to Gaza hospitals, in an effort to help the hospitals deal with the large number of rioters wounded while trying to harm the IDF soldiers stationed on the Israeli side of the border.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) and the Knesset's Finance Committee headed by haredi MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) gave PHR a Section 46 tax exemption in February 2016. PHR also enjoys he support of the anti-Israel New Israel Fund (NIF) and received $127,271 from NIF in 2016.

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality gives PHR $3,421.82 annually, and an investigation by Arutz Sheva showed that the municipality does not plan to end its support of the group.

PHR also enjoys funding fro foreign governments. Last year, it received $110,068.56 from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, $37,640.02 from the German Embassy, and $42,202.45 from the Swiss Embassy.

Responding to Arutz Sheva's inquiries, a spokesperson for Kahlon said the Tax Authority was the party responsible for PHR's tax benefit. Meanwhile, the Tax Authority responded that PHR's tax benefit will be re-examined at the end of 2018.

"The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality donates to approximately 110 organizations each year. The 'Physicians for Human Rights' organizations was examined in the past and found to fit the municipality's criteria for support of health and welfare, and it operates legally," the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality responded.

"The organization provides crucial services which unfortunately are not adequately provided by the Israeli government."

Both PHR and the New Israel Fund declined to respond.


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