Monthly Archives: July 2010

Phony charitable donations support ethnic cleansing?

Activists work to stop tax-exempt donations to Israeli settlements 

“It is estimated that tens of millions of dollars reach the settlements in the form of charity, contributions that by virtue of their philanthropic nature enjoy tax-exempt status under the US’ Internal Revenue Code…

“The groups, mostly Jewish but also Christian-Zionist, often adopt a particular community of settlers and for the most part claim on their tax forms to be contributing to charitable or educational projects.

“The non-profit status some of these groups enjoy as designated 501(c)(3) organizations under IRS regulations implies an official US government recognition of their activity.

“Meanwhile, US aid to Israel — the billions of dollars per year from the government as well as private donations — continues to flow unabated.” 

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The Royal Canadian Legion and ‘Operation Home Fires’

Although I am anything but a pacifist, I take war very seriously, and I am fussy about what wars I get into. 

While I do not support the “mission” in Afghanistan, or the “war” in Iraq, I am always mindful of those who find themselves in harm’s way while in uniform serving Canada or any other English-speaking country. 

The Royal Canadian Legion’s “Operation Home Fires” therefore has my wholehearted support, and this post is for anyone who would like to donate useful items to help make the lives of our troops a little bit easier while they are on active service far away from home.

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Human trafficking / prostitution / slavery in Israel

Israel’s sex trade booming

Human trafficking in Israel rakes in  more than USD billion a year, findings in annual parliamentary survey show.

“…some 3,000 and 5,000 women are smuggled to Israel annually and sold into the prostitution industry, where they are constantly subjected to violence and abuse.  

“The report, issued annually, said some 10,000 such women currently reside in about 300 to 400 brothels throughout the country. They are traded for about USD 8,000 – USD 10,000, the committee said.” 

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