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Funding the Israel Lobby and Illegal Settlements

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How much of the money given to members of the Israel Lobby came from sources that also contributed to funds supporting illegal settlements?

The following table breaks out those grants to members of the Lobby based on whether the grantors sent money to funds that support settlements.

In total, $116,033,134 in grants went to (a) the nine organizations that are considered to be part of the Israel Lobby and (b) to the sixteen funds identified that support settlement activity in the OPT.   The first group received $81,249,821 while $34,783,313 went to settlement-supporting funds.   Grants to the nine Lobby members from sources that also contributed to settlement funds totaled $31,843,614. Thus, 39.2 percent of their grants came from organizations that also contributed to settlement funds.

For individual organizations the percent of the grants they received which came from funding sources that also supported groups involved in settlement funding ranged from 16.3 percent in the case of the Center for Security Policy (CSP) to 59.8 percent for the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF). This last is interesting in that AEIF is heavily involved in funding free trips to Israel for members of Congress. In short, based

on the data used in this report, 59.8 percent of the funds provided to AIEF come from sources that also send money to organizations that in turn provide funds supporting illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Grants to Nine Organizations in the Israel Lobby and to 16 Organizations Supporting Illegal Settlements

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by toenjes

*Note:   "SF" refers to all 16 of the settlement-supporting funds.

Graphical depiction of grants to members of the Israel Lobby and to organizations that support illegal settlements

The raw data used in this paper consist of grants made from a specific funding organization to a specific organizational member of either the Israel Lobby or to an organization that supports illegal settlements in the OPT. Some feeling for how tightly linked these various organizations are, based upon the flow of grants from the grantors to the grantees, can be had by actually plotting the grants in a diagram.   Such a diagram includes points for each granting organization and for each recipient organization.   A line is drawn between the point representing the former if it provides a grant to the latter.   In this instance there were 796 granting organizations, and 25 recipient organizations, although the 16 organizations that supported settlement activity were collapsed into a single point, representing all 16 such organizations. The resulting diagram is shown below.

Emergent Face of the Israel Lobby

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This diagram was created using UCINET 6 for Windows Software for Social Network Analysis:   Borgatti, Everett and Freeman, 2002 , - 1999-2002 Analytic Technologies, Inc.

The small points in the diagram with a single line extending from them represent grantors that contributed only to a single organization.   Those small points that have two lines emanating from them represent organizations that made grants to the two organizations depicted by the square or circle at the opposite ends of the lines. For example, the cluster of connecting lines near the upper center region of the diagram indicates that these grantors made grants to both the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and to at least one of the organizations that support illegal settlements, labeled SF. In some cases, a single grantor contributed to 3 or more recipient organizations, therefore multiple lines emanate from such points.

It is suggested that the large number of instances where a single granting institution makes grants to multiple members of the Israel Lobby, or to at least one member of the Lobby and to one or more organizations that support illegal settlement activity give structure to the entire Israel Lobby apparatus, at least as represented by the subset of the Lobby included here.   Wealthy individuals, or the private charitable foundations which they control, can exert influence and give coherence to the various organizations to which they contribute.

It is pointed out that most if not all of the grants included in this study were made by tax exempt, not-for-profit organizations.   In making contributions to illegal settlement activity, they are benefiting from their tax-exempt status to aid activities that are deemed illegal under international law, some of which have even been declared illegal under Israeli law, and all of which are in opposition to the stated policy of the United States as defined most recently by President Obama.

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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
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Georga, I agree 100 percent. We should no longer ... by Larry Toenjes on Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:01:29 PM
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