How nice. Considering how quickly Islamist tax exempt groups were approved, it’s rather doubtful they were getting the same treatment. For that matter it’s doubtful that Anti-Israel groups like J Street which are in bed with the White House were being checked for terror ties.
Moving beyond the complaints of pro-Israel groups themselves to testimony from the IRS itself, Eliana reports:
Applications of pro-Israel groups for tax-exempt status are routinely routed to an antiterrorism unit within the Internal Revenue Service for additional screening, according to the testimony of a Cincinnati-based IRS agent.
Asked whether Jewish or pro-Israel applications are treated differently from other applications, Gary Muthert told House Oversight Committee investigators that they are considered “specialty cases” and that “probably” all are sent to an IRS unit that examines groups for potential terrorist ties.
Muthert’s testimony lumps pro-Israel groups into the same basket as all groups with any “foreign activity.” Yet no pro-Israel group has been associated with terrorism. That remains the domain of such terrorist front groups as the Holy Land Foundation and its unindicted co-conspirators including CAIR and ISNA. I wrote about CAIR’s appearance in the case against the Holy Land Foundation in “Coming clean about CAIR.”
An open question remains. Has Obama’s IRS applied similar scrutiny to pro-Palestinian groups? In August 2010 the Treasury Department issued a statement marking the beginning of Ramadan with these evocative paragraphs:
The Treasury Department fully supports the ability of American Muslims – and Muslims worldwide – to fulfill their religious obligations through charitable giving and seeks to advance charitable giving at home and abroad, while protecting the charitable sector from the threat posed by those who seek to abuse this sacred obligation.
Well you can’t possibly scan Muslim groups for terror ties. That would be Islamophobic. Just as you can’t pat down Muslim terrorists at airports. So you pat down 6-year-olds and investigate all those pro-Israel groups whose policies are not in line with Obama Inc.