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The Z Street case must be viewed in the context of what came to be known as the IRS scandal. During the first term of the Obama administration, the IRS began subjecting conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status as education organizations to the sort of special scrutiny not applied to liberal groups.
"It is thrilling to actually wrestle the IRS to the ground and force it to admit that Z STREET was targeted because we support Israel and the right of Jews to live everywhere."
The Court queried: 'Is it really the government's position that the IRS can discriminate against its citizens?'
A federal judge just issued the first substantive ruling in a challenge to the IRS’s pose of political neutrality.
A federal judge instructed the IRS to respond to Z STREET's claim of political discrimination.
Did the IRS maliciously audit a pro-Israel non-profit because it supported Jews beyond the Green Line?
The IRS insists that there is no legal remedy for determining whether an applicant's constitutional rights have been violated, and that offended parties must be satisfied with a "good enough" remedy, even if it is not perfect.
The first court hearing for the IRS since the scandal began is this Friday. IRS documents released by congress should constitute admissions by the IRS proving the pro-Israel organization's claim that the IRS engaged in viewpoint discrimination.
On Monday the IRS provided the 'smoking gun' pointed at its own head, in reports and information showing that the government agency made decisions based upon the views of pro-Israel groups which disagreed with the administration about the 'Disputed Territories.'
You'll get a better treatment if you're associated with Hamas than with right-wing issues in Israel.
Congress is also now investigating what looks like a cover-up of the misdeeds.
After repeatedly denying it was targeting conservative groups for unfair treatment, the IRS admitted it was treating politically conservative groups in inappropriate ways.
Got that? The goal of J Street is not to represent American Jews on the left, but is instead "to move American Jews" to the left and to the Administration's/friends on the Hill's point of view, and to "provide them with cover."
A major backlash against a UJA-Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) decision to permit groups encouraging Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel...
"No, you must be realistic. You can only claim to be pro-peace when what you promote really can lead to peace." Her gentle, but assertive, voice startled me as it rose with conviction. Lori Lowenthal Marcus, initiator of Z Street, was answering my question about what J Street believes in that she does not.