IRS targeting pro-Israel groups

Z Street, a pro-Israel non-profit organization, alleges the IRS is delaying its tax-exempt status and may reject it for taking a pro-Israel position. According to the complaint:

The plaintiff in this case, Z STREET, is a nonprofit organization devoted to educating the public about the facts relating to the Middle East, and that relate to the existence of Israel as a Jewish State, and Israel’s right to refuse to negotiate with, make concessions to, or appease terrorists. The case is brought because, through its corporate counsel, Z STREET was informed explicitly by an IRS Agent on July 19, 2010, that approval of Z STREET’s application for tax-exempt status has been at least delayed, and may be denied because of a special IRS policy in place regarding organizations in any way connected with Israel, and further that the applications of many such Israel-related organizations have been assigned to “a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”

(Emphasis mine.)

If the allegations are true (and they are detailed and specific), this is a shocking, unconstitutional overreach, even for this administration.

(Via Pajamas Media.)

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