Sunday, April 22, 2012

Israel agency raises tax-exempt US, UK funds to put settlers in occupied Golan Heights, northern Palestine

By Ali Abunimah

"The Jewish Agency, a quasi-official arm of the Israel government that encourages settlement in Palestine, and the Israeli government itself, are taking advantage of US and UK charity laws to raise tax-exempt donations specifically to place settlers in Syria’s occupied Golan Heights, all in violation of international law.

This is being done in the open – on the website of Nefesh b’Nefesh an Israeli-government supported program to encourage Jews from North America and the UK to settle in Palestine. Nefesh b’Nefesh receives direct funding from the Israeli government and manages the settlement process along with the Jewish Agency.

The Jewish National Fund (JNF), which is directly complicit in ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, assists in this effort. The Jewish Agency, like the JNF, is deeply implicated in plans to ethnically cleanse Palestinian Bedouins to make way for Jews....

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