Nope, I am talking about the West Bank, this week, late 2009.
Thanks to excellent reporting by Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz (of Mondoweiss), Richard Silverstein (of Tikkun Olam), Didi Remez (of Coteret blog), and Akiva Eldar of (Haaretz), US tax-exempt organizations that channel money into Od Yosef Chai yeshiva, the religious educational institution whose rabbi published the baby-killing manual and who is implicated in the settlers’ “price tag” policy, are starting to be identified.
A report on donations submitted by the yeshiva to the registrar of nonprofit organizations revealed that the American public also participates in financing the message coming out of Yitzhar. It states that in 2007 and 2008, the yeshiva received NIS 102,547 [roughly $27,000 USD] from an American foundation known as the Central Fund of Israel.
According to the fund’s latest financial statement, it gave some $8 million to religious organizations in 2006, earmarked for establishing synagogues and schools, aiding the needy and “urgent security needs.
The Central Fund of Israel is surely not the only tax-exempt organization funding Jewish terrorism. I have also begun researching haphazardly other groups that support this particular yeshiva. Although not yet confirmed, a number of potential leads have arisen, which I encourage people with more time than me to investigate.
According to a Jewish internet magazine based in Baltimore, one can make tax deductible donations to Od Yosef Chai yeshiva through Shuva Israel (www.blessingisrael.com), a Christian Zionist organization, as well as through a website focused on restoring Jewish settlers to Joseph’s Tomb in the heart of Nablus (in the occupied West Bank). So it would seem from this particular, sympathetic Jewish source that there are at least two additional ways that caring American Jews and Christians can fund the pursuit of such scholarly gems as the following:
“There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”
More potential leads can be found by searching the IRS database of tax-exempt charities using the keywords “Od Yosef Chai”. A number of these organizations could be plausibly unconnected to the fundamentalist yeshiva in the West Bank, but their names could also reflect an association that ought to be made transparent, if they exist. And there are many other fundamentalist institutions that have not been as high profile as this particular yeshiva.
The right way to approach this issue would be to write politely to the organization and ask for the most recent copy of their IRS Form 990, which will detail the donations received and made. All tax-exempt organizations are required by law to provide this form upon request. Any difficulties acquiring these forms should be reported directly to the IRS.
This is a great way to proceed for any aspiring investigative journalists eager to shed a bit of light on the financing of Jewish terrorism and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.