Re “Tax-Exempt Funds Aiding Settlements in West Bank” (front page, July 6):
I compliment you for reporting on this scandalous use of American taxpayers’ funds to support illegal and ill-conceived activities in the occupied territories of the West Bank. You clearly point out how the actions of groups of naïve American evangelists are obstructing any eventual peace process for the Middle East.
And while the total of $200 million in tax-deductible funds spent over the last decade is shocking, it pales when compared with the more than $30 billion in economic and military aid that the United States government has given to Israel over the last decade. This is much more than we have given the whole impoverished continent of Africa and is by far the largest single destination of official foreign aid. This aid should be stopped immediately.
Richard L. Huber
New York, July 6, 2010
To the Editor:
Why should it be controversial for tax-exempt charities to aid people who live in disputed territory?
Why is it that Jews living in the ancient Jewish cities of Hebron or Jerusalem on Jewish-owned land are constantly called an obstacle to peace, while the Arabs of Jaffa or Haifa are not?
Why is it that the term “apartheid” is applied to Israel, where Arabs and Jews live together, while it is assumed that ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank must precede the establishment of a Palestinian state?
The hypocrisy is blatant.
I repeatedly see in your newspaper the phrase “a two-state solution.” The solution under discussion is not a two-state solution at all. It is a state and a half for the Palestinians, and half a state for the Jews. In other words, it is just a subtle plan for the dissolution of Jewish sovereignty.
If the creation of a Palestinian state necessitates transfer of Jews from Har Bracha in the West Bank, then the creation of the redefined Israel ought to necessitate the transfer of its Arab minority as well.
Teaneck, N.J., July 6, 2010
And here's mine that didn't get published:
Your review of the tax-exempt status of charities providing humanitarian assistance to Jews in territories that are disputed ("Tax-Exempt Funds Aid Settlements in West Bank", July 6) insinuates that the tax breaks should be challenged on the basis that American government policy views the Jewish communities there as "unhelpful".
However, since a strong legal claim can be made that those territories are part of the intended reconstituted Jewish national home sanctioned by the League of Nations, most supreme international body 90 years ago, when the Jewish people was guaranteed the right of "close settlement of Jews on the land" as Article 6 of the Mandate states, it would appear that the tax-exemption of such charities should be inviolable from the quirks and vagaries of political winds, ill or otherwise.
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