Tuesday, December 22, 2015

US tax exemptions support Israeli settlements and confiscation of West Bank properties


Here’s a provocative op-ed in the Washington Post today Tuesday December 22, 2015, p. A15, by Uri Blau, “How U.S. taxpayers subsidize Israeli settlements".  Online, the title is more explicit, “Why is the US subsidizing Israeli settlements?
 
The problem is tax-exempt donations, with some not so unintended consequences.
 
It’s wrong to take property away from others by force just because they belong to a different religious or national group.  But that’s what zero-sum-game living is all about. “My family comes before yours.”

In fact, Anthony Bourdain reports in his own TV series that most of the settlements are illegal under Israeli law! (TV blog, Sept. 15, 2013).

Update: Jan. 3, 2016

This Post story was mentioned in a Sunday School lesson at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC today. Every administration, Republican or Democrat, has condemned the taking and expropriation of private property owned by Palestinians on the West Bank. 

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