Monday, December 16, 2013

Israeli Foreign Agents Threaten Academics Right To Dissent - ZOA ordered to register as Israeli foreign agent seven times - declassified Justice Department files

Israeli Foreign Agents Threaten Academics Right To Dissent -  ZOA ordered to register as Israeli foreign agent seven times - declassified Justice Department files

I n fact Rupert Murdoch and his Fox News should have to register as foreign agents as well as CNN's ex Jerusalum Post 'reporter' Wolf Blitzzer among others particularly members of the Zionist Anti-Defamation League that is threatening the American Studies Association.

     Tax-exempt academic group's boycott of Israel draws fire  By Joshua Rhett Miller Published December 16, 2013

A venerable American academic group's planned boycott of Israeli educational and cultural institutions over that nation's conflict with Palestinians has prompted a backlash from Jewish groups and at least one critic who plans to challenge the organization's tax exempt status.
The 5,000-member American Studies Association, which bills itself as the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to American culture and history, voted Sunday to boycott Israeli academic institutions. More than 1,200 members voted and 66 percent endorsed the resolution, which was unanimously supported earlier this month by the group's national council.
“The resolution is in solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and it aspires to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians,” a statement on group’s website reads..........

 “The American Association of University Professors, as an organization, neither supports nor opposes Israeli government or Palestinian policies, although many of our members certainly have strong beliefs on one side or the other,” a May 10 statement read. “However, the AAUP does stand in opposition to academic boycotts as a matter of principle.”.....

Officials at the Anti-Defamation League, meanwhile, blasted the development as a "shameful, morally bankrupt and intellectually dishonest attack" on academic freedom.
"Targeting Israeli institutions solely because they are in Israel — the only democratic country in the Middle East where scholarship and debate are encouraged and flourish — is manifestly unjust," ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement. "We commend those members of the ASA who boldly spoke out and voted against this shameful resolution. We further applaud the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for reiterating its opposition to academic boycotts which 'strike directly at the free exchange of ideas.'"

At least one critic told he’ll be taking his issues with Monday’s announcement to federal officials at the Internal Revenue Service. William Jacobson, a professor of law at Cornell Law School who runs, said he believes the boycott violates the group’s 501(c)(3) tax exemption status pertaining to its educational classification.
“They can hold any view they want on the Middle East, but now that, as an organization, they have joined a boycott of Israel, they’re now a boycott organization and no longer a charitable one,” Jacobson said. “Our intention is to file a whistleblower claim with the IRS, asking the IRS to look into whether this conduct negates their 501(c)(3) status. I expect that to be done by year-end, if not sooner.”............

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 ZOA ordered to register as Israeli foreign agent seven times - declassified Justice Department files
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy:
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) was ordered on seven separate occasions to register under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) according to newly declassified Department of Justice (DOJ) files.  On October 17, 2012 the National Archives and Records Administration released under FOIA the long-secret files, now available online at the Israel Lobby Archive.
ZOA incorporated on April 14, 1920 in New York.  DOJ officials determined in 1947 that ZOA was controlled by the World Zionist Organization (WZO), a global entity composed of dues-paying members committed to the Zionist program for a Jewish state in Palestine.  ZOA activities, negotiations with governments and NGOs were all subject to WZO approval. ZOA regarded WZO as the ultimate disciplinary and dispute resolution authority.  ZOA was also beholden to WZO orders for unspecified "political actions of another kind."
In 1956 ZOA Pittsburgh chapter President Zalman Shapiro incorporated the Nuclear Material and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) which operated a nuclear processing facility on the Apollo Industries steel site.  Future ZOA national president Ivan Novick was an original Apollo Industries founder.  The FBI investigated excessive NUMEC losses of weapons-grade uranium and Shapiro's 1960s interactions with Rafael Eitan, an Israeli spymaster who later ran Jonathan Pollard against the United States.  NUMEC established a joint venture with the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, later revealed by researcher Avner Cohen to be a front for Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program. A 2001 Energy Department audit found that NUMEC lost more weapons-grade uranium (337 kilograms) than any other facility in U.S. history.  Declassified CIA and FBI files reveal US officials believed NUMEC illegally diverted nuclear material to Israel.
The newly released DOJ files reveal a secret 1948 meeting where the Attorney General promised to exempt ZOA from all FARA registration and prosecutions in exchange for changes to ZOA/WZO governing documents.  However reports filed by Justice Department staff responsible for FARA enforcement reveal that even by 1960 the promised changes had not been made.  ZOA is currently attempting to regain tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS in 2011.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper.  It retains 1%-3% of the most important documents of business conducted by the United States Federal government.  The Israel Lobby Archive, is a unit of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington.
SOURCE Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy

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