Did Obama Instruct the IRS to Target Pro-Israel Groups?

As a proxy for the Obama administration, the IRS has thus far successfully achieved their goal of blocking Z Street from educating Americans about the realities of Israel and the Middle East, while preventing them from exercising their First Amendment rights.


By Joely Friedman l July 27, 2015

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Under the Obama administration, the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting groups that disagree with the president’s beliefs— or in other words, conservative groups.

In 2013 Tea Party groups claimed that the IRS targeted them when applying for social welfare status, singling them out for extra scrutiny because of their ideologies.

Now, the IRS is being sued by pro-Israel group, Z Street, for unconstitutional discrimination.

The IRS “gave differential treatment to tax exemption applications from organizations holding views about Israel inconsistent with those espoused by the Obama administration,” Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the president of Z Street, told this reporter in an exclusive interview for SFPPR News & Analysis.

Sound familiar?

Z Street filed their suit in the fall of 2010 after they learned of the discriminatory IRS “Israel Special Policy.”

In Z Street v. Koskinen, Z Street claims that this “special policy” constitutes viewpoint discrimination and therefore violates their First Amendment rights.

“The IRS didn’t come up with this idea on their own,” Lori Lowenthal Marcus believes, “The Obama administration has particular views on Israel that Z Street does not share.”

“Groups like Z Street believe that Jews are allowed to live in disputed territories [the West Bank] and Israel. The Obama administration does not agree,” Ms. Marcus said. She believes that this is the reason Z Street is being targeted and punished.

“The Obama administration is trying to punish any group with a different view point from theirs,” she said.

Z Street v. Koskinen has the potential to at last expose President Obama’s long-held support of a pro-Palestinian agenda.

Thomas Lifson, the publisher of American Thinker, believes that this case is “the case that could bust open the IRS scandals… bust open corruption in the most-feared agency of the federal government.”

The lawsuit is finally set to move forward after five years of continual attempts by the IRS to dismiss this suit. In mid-June the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously agreed that the suit brought on by Z Street is completely justified.

As the case now moves forward, light will begin to be shed on the details behind this outrageous discriminatory policy. Ms. Marcus is most interested in discovering the “nature and origin” of the Obama administration’s “Israel Special Policy.”

The IRS has repeatedly tried to downplay this lawsuit with claims that Z Street’s suit is nothing more than their attempt to receive their tax exempt status as a nonprofit organization.

However, Ms. Marcus set the record straight, saying that “tax exempt status is not at all what we are looking for. Our constitutional rights were violated. The IRS has violated the constitution. Z Street is only interested in a constitutionally fair process.”

“The IRS is blocking Americans from being able to exercise their constitutional rights, they have blocked us from being able to educate about Israel,” she explained.

Z Street has been in a state of limbo since filing suit in late 2010. They have not been able to do any fundraising and raise any money for their nonprofit organization as per the law of an ongoing lawsuit. They will not be able to do so until this lawsuit is resolved.

As a proxy for the Obama administration, the IRS has thus far successfully achieved their goal of blocking Z Street from educating Americans about the realities of Israel and the Middle East, while preventing them from exercising their First Amendment rights.