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Funding the Israel Lobby and Illegal Settlements

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

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

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

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

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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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Since the grants included in this study were all made by 501[c][3] non-profit organizations, the grants were made from non-taxable income, and thus reduced tax revenue available to the US Government.   In effect, US taxpayers paid a share of these grants that went to supporting the Israel Lobby and illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Expansion of the concept of the Israel Lobby to include organizations that provide funds to member organizations

If a description of the Israel Lobby should include those organizations that contribute to bending U.S. foreign policy in a manner that benefits the State of Israel, then surely organizations that supply financial resources to members of that lobby should also be considered as a part of the Israel Lobby.   It follows that if some of the organizations which provide financial resources to widely-recognized elements of the Israel Lobby also supply resources to organizations which fund illegal settlements, then the entire Israe lLobby, defined to include its benefactors, is implicated in the support of the illegal settlements.


Data pertaining to a subset of the various organizations widely considered to be included in the Israel Lobby were assembled. These data consisted of grants made to the organizations from charitable foundations.   A sample of some of the foundations which have been identified as providing funding to illegal settlements were also selected, and the amounts they received from charitable foundations were also identified. As will be shown below, there was a considerable overlap between foundations which provided financial support to members of the Israel Lobby and those which provided funds to organizations that funded illegal settlements.   Thus, if the Israel Lobby includes those organizations that supply it with funds, then the Israel Lobby is also supplying funds to illegal settlement activity.

Organizations included for which monetary data were assembled

Information on the following organizations, generally considered to be included in the Israel Lobby, was obtained from The Foundation Center Online.

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1.   American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF)

2.   Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

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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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