Joe Biden’s corrupt IRS has been caught cracking down on pro-Israel groups while legitimizing and giving a free pass to terror groups that use a tax-exempt status to raise money for terrorist groups such as Hamas.
According to Front Page, the IRS allowed the Holy Land Foundation to maintain its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and use the money it collected through open fundraisers to go to Islamist terrorism. The IRS also ignored the finances of American Muslims for Palestine.
According to Front Page:
Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President of Research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that many “high-level and mid-level figures” from the terror charities “gravitated to a new organization called American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).”
Schanzer, who had formerly worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the Treasury Department, then went on to list the connections to Hamas and its front groups. He told Congress about the case of AMP board member Salah Sarsour, an alleged relative of antisemitic figure Linda Sarsour, who told Al-Jazeera “that the conference aims to keep up with and support the Palestinian people’s continuous intifada.” A 2001 FBI memo to the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) describes how Sarsour’s brother, after being arrested by Israel in 1998, told Israeli officials about Sarsour’s “involvement with Hamas and fundraising activities of HLFRD [Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development].”
Meanwhile, pro-Israel groups are being denied tax status consideration because the IRS saying it has to be “careful.”
A year earlier, Lori Lowenthal Marcus, a journalist, applied for tax exempt status for her pro-Israel group, Z Street. The IRS informed her that it “has to give special scrutiny to organizations connected to Israel.” The lawsuit originating from the Z Street case helped roll back the curtain on the IRS bias against conservatives and pro-Israel Jewish groups.
Lori Lowenthal Marcus told Front Page Magazine that, “One of the excuses given to Z Street by an IRS official was that the IRS had to make sure we were not ‘engaged in terrorism’ because we mentioned ‘terror’ in our mission statement. The part of Z Street’s mission that mentioned terror? ‘We will not engage with, negotiate with or appease terrorists.’ Yet Z Street’s application for 501(c)(3) status was sidelined for seven years while Z Street litigated the IRS’s unconstitutional application of Viewpoint Discrimination against us.”
This is probably not a big surprise, especially considering how much Democrats despise Jews.
But this treatment of pro-Israel groups parallels with how they treat conservative groups inside the U.S., too. The IRS routinely uses its corrosive, autocratic powers to use the tax code to assault conservative groups.
Liberals use the levers of power to quash supporters of freedom and support tyranny.