U.S. Tax Breaks Aid West Bank Settlements

According to a The New York Times examination of public records in both Israel and the U.S., American nonprofit organizations have collected more than $200 million in tax-exempt donations in the past decade to help Israeli settlers sustain neighborhoods in the West Bank.

Money raised by more than 40 U.S. charities that support settlements has mostly paid for projects such as recreation centers, schools, synagogues and similar facilities, but some tax-deductible gifts have gone toward housing, security equipment and vehicles for outposts deep in the occupied territories.

image: Ofra, a settlement in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council