Details are unfolding about the Internal Revenue Source’s targeting of conservative and pro-Israel organizations. Earlier this week, TheBlaze reported that the pro-Israel educational group Z STREET was among those targeted.
Z STREET filed a lawsuit in 2010, claiming the organization’s attorney was told by an IRS agent that their tax exempt status application had to undergo additional scrutiny since their organization was “connected to Israel.”
The Z STREET attorney was also informed that groups supportive of Israel and that filed for tax exempt status were assigned to “a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”
Lori Lowenthal Marcus, president of the pro-Israel group, appeared on the Glenn Beck Program to discuss her experience with the IRS.
“They asked a lot of questions about the board members and their affiliations,” Marcus said before adding that the IRS agents asked the questions repeatedly.
According to Marcus, the IRS agent assigned to their case in 2010 told Z STREET’s lawyer that they had to scrutinize their organization more carefully due to its ties with Israel.
The Jewish Press reported that at least one other Jewish religious organization claims it also endured a bizarre string of questioning by the IRS, saying it was asked “whether [it] supports the existence of the land of Israel” and for the organization to “describe [its] religious belief system toward the land of Israel.”
Z STREET’s first hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for July 2 in Washington, D.C..