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Z Street Blues

Posted By Michael Lumish On August 26, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

It never ceases to amaze me the degree to which our current federal government, not to mention our current President, seems just hell-bent on alienating American Jews.  Do they think that somehow smacking around pro-Israel and pro-Jewish organizations will serve their purposes?  Do they suppose that Arabs states, or Muslim states, will like the United States better if the US is nasty to the Jews?  (If so, they might consider giving Lee Smith’s The Strong Horse a close read.) Do they think that diaspora Jews have such a case of Stockholm Syndrome that we do not mind being kicked around?

These are a few of the questions that I would like to ask the IRS, but for some reason I do not expect that I would get very honest answers.

A new pro-Israel organization, Z Street, has filed suit in federal court charging that the IRS is violating their First Amendment rights.

The suit was filed after Z STREET was told by an IRS official that its application for tax-exempt status has been delayed because an IRS policy requires consideration of whether a group’s views on Israel differ from those of the current Administration.

What?

Look, I am not a lawyer and therefore am in no position to argue if Z Street is eligible for tax exempt status or not.  Thankfully, however, the president of Z Street, Lori Lowenthal Marcus, is a lawyer.  In fact, she’s a lawyer who specialized in the First Amendment.  This is what she has to say about the matter:

This situation is the same as if the government denied a driver’s license to people because they were Republicans or Democrats. It goes against everything for which our country stands.

Could this possibly be any more troubling?  If what Ms. Marcus says is true, it means that the federal government is actively persecuting pro-Israel organizations which can only mean, given American Jewish support for Israel, that it is actively persecuting American Jews for the hideous crime of supporting the Jewish state.

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