Alana Goodman reports, for the Washington Free Beacon:
A watch list from the Internal Revenue Service listed “Occupied Territory Advocacy” as a criterion for flagging nonprofit organizations for further scrutiny, according to documents released by Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Pro-Israel organizations and groups that support the Israeli settlements have alleged that the IRS singled them out for additional scrutiny since 2009.
The watch list defines these groups as “Applications [that] deal with disputed territories in the Middle East. … Applications may be inflammatory, advocate a one-sided point of view and promotional material may signify propaganda.”
“If you see these cases, please forward to the TAG Group, 7830,” the document continues.
The “TAG,” or “Touch-and-Go” group, is responsible for identifying groups that may be involved in terrorism, according to the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations Determinations group.
The criteria appear to have been added to the watch list on Aug. 6, 2010. That was one month after a July 5, 2010 New York Times front-page story that quoted Obama administration officials criticizing the tax-exempt status of groups that support the Israeli settlements.
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