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Pro-Israel Groups in the US: No Disclosure on Any Grants From Any Foreign Groups nor From the Israeli Government

Liza Cablayan Journalist at Israel Now
Published on August 31, 2020
Pro-Israel Groups in the US: No Disclosure on Any Grants From Any Foreign Groups nor From the Israeli Government

Most of the US states already have laws in place to fight The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. The Israel Allies Foundation is at the forefront of this endeavor, and they are an American non-profit that helps a network of pro-Israel legislators in the world.

It was also the IAF, or the Israeli Allies Foundation in 2014, who became the reason a South Carolina politician and an Israeli legal scholar drafted the first law to stop state agencies from contracting with groups that boycott Israel.

There are also public records that detail the approval for a grant to the IAF in 2019. It was not disclosed nor of any other grants from other foreign groups to the US government. It may violate laws that need American political advocacy groups to inform the government of any foreign government contributions.

This was the same case for a Tennessee-based Christian Zionist group who allegedly received an approval for a grant from the Israeli government. According to a government document, this group in on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s watch list of hate groups.

Detailed payments were on the document, ones approved to groups around the world by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs in the first part of 2020. They found the document through a request to the Freedom of Information Act by the Israeli Freedom of Information Movement and The Seventh Eye, an Israeli news website.

A transfer of $40,000 transfer to the Proclaiming Justice to the Nations was also on the document. The group lobbied for laws that prevent state agencies to with groups who are supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in Israel. The group is also active in rallying Christian Zionists in South Africa, considered as a prime target of Israel’s public-diplomacy efforts.

The group denied about the grant, that it had received any money from the government of Israel or from Concert, a company funded by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs. A ministry spokesperson mentioned nothing specific about the group, but only mentioned about the legality and professionalism of the government’s activities.

The alleged grant to PJTN was part of a plan by the ministry to help pro-Israel groups who are fighting BDS in the United States, eliciting questions if the groups were truthful about any help they receive from other foreign groups. They released the document last summer, when Israel’s new coalition government put a new ministry leader. The same leader that dropped the ball on the bureau’s longstanding stance of declining requests from reporters or any news agencies.