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Funding the Israel Lobby and Illegal Settlements

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Anti-Defamation League ........................2010 .....$55,001,741

Jewish National Fund--Keren Kayemeth ....2010..... $53,348,705

The Jewish Federations of North America ..2010..... $47,173,118

American Jewish Committee ....................2010 .....$42,632,422

Hillel Foundation for Jewish Campus Life..... 2010.... $26,286,947

ORT America Inc ....................................2010 ....$21,067,604

Jewish Community Centers Association .......2011 ....$11,959,460

One of the best resources for a listing of many of the elements commonly considered to be part of the Israel Lobby is the original paper by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, "The Israel Lobby." [ click here ] In addition to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the Committee for Accurate Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and the Washington Institute on Near East Policy (WINEP), they also point to a number of think tanks that are consistently pro-Israel. These include the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Brookings Institution, the Center for Security Policy (CSP),   the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Hudson Institute, the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).

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Another part of the Israel Lobby is the entire set of pro-Israel political action committees (PACs), some three dozen in number, which have been identified by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).   CRP keeps track of federal campaign contributions made by these PACs on their website at www.opensecrets.org   . Being the suppliers of campaign cash to Congressional elections for the purpose of promoting the pro-Israel agenda, these PACs can legitimately be included within the Israel Lobby. Similarly, as described below, those charitable foundations that not only provide grants to various elements of the Israel Lobby but also send funds to organizations that support illegal settlement activity in the occupied territories are also properly part of the Israel Lobby.

U.S. Taxpayer Funding of Settlements

An organization with the website www.settlementsinpalestine.org has collected information on grants to settlements and those organizations which provided grants to them.   Their table, titled "Spenders: American 501[c][3] Foundations That Directly Support Illegal Settlements", shows the amounts received by 55 foundations that support illegal settlements.   The total amount received by these foundations, during the years 2001 to 2010, is $308,097,520.   Some of those included are:

American Friends of Ariel:   ...............$11,017,941

American Friends of Ateret Cohanim:   $10,781,964

Friends of Ir David: .........................$32,037,803

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Hebron Fund:    ..............................$13,859,907

Another table on the same website is titled "Funders: Foundations That Support Non-Profits That in-turn Support Illegal Settlements". The total amount shown in this table is $66,168,735.   This figure is considerably smaller than the total shown in the first table, which merely means that the foundations that directly support illegal settlements received funds from other sources not listed in the second table.  

The largest amount from a single foundation was $17,895,432   by The Irving Moskowitz Foundation, given to some 20 different foundations that in turn funded illegal settlements.

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Laurence A.Toenjes is retired from the University of Houston ?s Department of Sociology where he was a researcher with The Sociology of Education Research Group. Toenjes received his doctorate in economics from Southern Illinois University.

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One difficulty in critiquing the Israel Lobby is d... by Larry Toenjes on Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 3:46:22 PM
It seems to me that such financial contributions a... by Richard Clark on Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 10:26:53 PM
Richard asks a good question.  In addition to... by Larry Toenjes on Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 4:20:42 PM
Picture source Justice For Pale... by Richard Clark on Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 1:31:55 AM
It is high time the truth about Israeli intentions... by Georga Grivois on Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:34:06 PM
Georga, I agree 100 percent. We should no longer ... by Larry Toenjes on Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:01:29 PM
Ultimately, the only way non-profit funding of the... by Michael Several on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 11:59:12 AM