5/14/2013

The IRS: First They Came For The Tea Party, Then They Came For The Jews

Posted by Brian

With all of the attention focused on the IRS' targeting of Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny, and the subsequent revelations that they passed on confidential information about those groups to a left-wing group called ProPublicus, one story is still appears to be garnering much less attention. That the same IRS has also targeted groups that are Pro-Israel, or suspected of being supportive of Israel.
This is especially troubling, though not surprising, given the public hostility Barack Obama and his administration have shown toward the State of Israel, and particularly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Story: O walks out on Netanyahu) (Story: O has not time for Netanyahu, Attends Jay-Z Fundraiser)
American Jews should be outraged if it is shown that Obama and his minions are using the IRS as a political weapon to silence pro-Israel groups in the U.S.  These are Gestapo-like tactics being used by the Obama administration, and as much as they would like to lay this at the feet of mid-level lackey's and appear completely insulated from these scandals, the deeper people dig into them, the higher up the chain of command the approvals go.
As a reminder: the first item on the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon was his use of the IRS as a political sledgehammer against his opponents.  It looks like Obama may have missed this salient fact as he pursued his distorted leftist view of American history.

Israel-related groups also pointed to IRS scrutiny
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 5/13/13 7:18 PM EDT

The same Internal Revenue Service office that singled out Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny also challenged Israel-related organizations, at least one of which filed suit over the agency’s handling of its application for tax-exempt status.

The trouble for the Israel-focused groups seems to have had different origins than that experienced by conservative groups, but at times the effort seems to have been equally ham-handed.
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