Revoke Charities Now: Stop Tax Subsidizing Israeli settlements through Canadian Charities

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) must immediately revoke the charitable status of all organizations assisting five groups and eleven individuals Global Affairs recently sanctioned. It’s absurd to criminalize assisting these organizations and individuals while the government simultaneously subsidizes donations supporting them and other illegal settlements in the West Bank.

On Thursday, June  27, 2024, Global Affairs Canada announced sanctions on five Israeli organizations and seven individuals for “their role in facilitating, supporting or financially contributing to acts of violence by Israeli extremist settlers against Palestinian civilians and their property.”  In May 2024, four other individuals had been sanctioned. As a result of these sanctions, it’s illegal for Canadians to assist these listed entities, and the individuals are not allowed into Canada.

This is a positive step, but all Canadians have been subsidizing donations to this Israeli settlement movement as part of the quarter billion dollars a year in charity donations going to an apartheid state committing war crimes and genocide.

One of the individuals placed on Canada’s sanctions list is Daniella Weiss*, former mayor of Kedumim.  Weiss has been hosted in Toronto several times over the years. Mizrachi Organization of Canada has funded Kedumin, while the Ne’eman Foundation of Canada has provided funds to a Se’u Tziona Nes v’degel which fundraises for Weiss’ Nachla movement. Both Mizrachi and Ne’eman are registered Canadian charities.

The CRA must investigate Canadian charities’ relationship to the newly sanctioned organizations/individuals and immediately rescind the charitable status of groups that have recently aided them. It’s contradictory to sanction groups while simultaneously subsidizing donations to groups assisting them.

More broadly, the Global Affairs statement announcing the sanctions noted that “Canada continues to oppose the expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.” Yet a slew of Canadian charities have assisted illegal settlements in the West Bank. Over the years the CRA has been asked to investigate Mizrachi Organization of CanadaNe’eman Foundation CanadaUnited Israel Appeal, Canadian Friends of Yeshivat Har Etzion, Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada and others because they funneled money to illegal settlements and the Israeli military.

The CRA must immediately revoke the charitable status of all organizations supporting settlements, providing services to settlements and actively working to support the illegal settlement of occupied Palestine and the Syrian Golan Heights.

Read academic article by Dr. Miles Howe, Zionist Philanthropy and Palestinian Erasure: and the Mizrachi Organization of Canada, Miles Howe, published in the State Crime Journal,  June 11, 2024

Read the recent article by Hannah Fraser in The Peak

Read more about where your tax paying dollars are going!

*Daniella Weiss, the former mayor of Kedumim, the home settlement of Smotrich, is also one of the founders of Gush Emunim. Weiss heads up the Nachla movement, which establishes outposts. She was involved in the establishment of the Avitar outpost. Over the last few months, she has been active in calling for the re-settlement of Gaza, and more recently even about creating Israeli settlements in southern Lebanon.  The Nachla movement is not an officially registered Israeli charity, but does fund raise through other organizations, such a Se’u Tziona Nes v’degel which Ne’eman Foundation of Canada has funded, with Canadian tax-subsidized funds. Weiss has been hosted in Toronto a couple of times including in 2015 at the Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue