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US NGOs Sued Over $280bn Tax-Deductible Aid Sent to Israel

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US NGOs Sued Over $280bn Tax-Deductible Aid Sent to Israel – report

A lawsuit has reportedly been filed against the US Treasury Department, alleging that some 150 NGOs sent as much as $280 billion worth of tax-deductible donations to Israel in the past 20 years.

According to a report by Al Jazeera, the donations were "pass-throughs" to support the Israeli army and settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories which had been ruled illegal by the UN. Susan Abulhawa, a prominent Palestinian-American writer and human rights activist, has reportedly put her name on the 73-page lawsuit.

The lawsuit reportedly claims that the grants sent over to Israel were filed as part of the US income tax regulations code 501(c)(3).

501(c)(3) stands for a nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the IRS (the US Internal Revenue Service) as being tax-exempt by virtue of its charitable programs.

US billionaire Sheldon Adelson, 82, and several other pro-Israeli businessmen came to be named in the lawsuit as donors but not as defendants, Al Jazeera reported.

The Treasury Department has reportedly declined to comment on the suit, saying the judicial process is ongoing.

Israel is the “largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II,” according to the latest congressional report on aid to the country.

To date, the United States has provided Israel as much as $124.3 billion in bilateral assistance. Almost all US bilateral aid to Israel is said to be “in the form of military assistance.”

In 2007, the Bush administration and the Israeli government agreed to a $30 billion, 10-year military aid package for the period from fiscal year 2009 to fiscal year 2018.

Israel allegedly made a request for its annual defense aid from Washington to be raised to as much as $5 billion after its current package (worth about $3 billion a year) expires in 2017, congressional sources told Reuters last month. It means Tel Aviv could get a total of $50 billion in military aid over 10 years.

http://www.rt.com/news/327565-us-ngos-sued-israel/

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