Court Rules in Favor of Z Street – Group Targeted by Obama Administration for Being Pro-Israel
“They told us terrorism happens in Israel. Therefore, they had to look into our organization because they thought we might be funding terrorism. We’re a purely educational entity. We didn’t fund anybody. We barely funded ourselves.”
Remember: This is the same administration that wouldn’t call the Benghazi massacre a terrorist attack but accused a pro-Israel group of supporting terror.
Via On the Record:
In May 2014 a federal judge ruled in favor of Z-Street. The ruling reportedly forced the IRS to disclose procedures it used to target the pro-Israel group.
Last week a panel of judges denied an appeal by the Obama IRS to stop Z Street from continuing its lawsuit against the agency.
The Free Beacon reported:
A panel of judges on Friday denied an appeal by the IRS to stop the pro-Israel group Z Street from continuing its lawsuit against the agency for viewpoint discrimination.
While the IRS can still appeal the ruling, it moves Z Street closer to the discovery phase of the lawsuit, which the pro-Israel group believes could be damaging for the agency. The IRS has been criticized for its prior stated policy of targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny during their applications for non-profit status.
According to Z Street, the IRS delayed its nonprofit application because the group’s pro-Israel views conflicted with the positions of the Obama administration. A lawyer for Z Street said he was told by an IRS official that the agency had an “Israel Special Policy” that singled out pro-Israel organizations for special examination.
“Z STREET looks forward to the discovery phase of litigation in which it will seek to learn the nature and origin of the ‘Israel Special Policy,’ which the IRS applied to Z STREET’s tax exemption application,” said Z Street in a statement applauding the court’s decision.
“Z STREET will seek to learn how such a policy was created, who created it, who approved it, to whom it was applied, as well as all other information regarding this policy.”