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IRmep Files Federal Suit Against Israeli Charities for Supporting Nuclear Weapons

Dimona nuclear plant

A new Federal suit has been filed in the U.S. which aims to go after charities that contribute to Israel for purportedly supporting the development of nuclear weapons there.

IRmep filed suit for the report in the DC District Court as part of what it calls a public-interest drive to obtain long overdue enforcement of the Symington and Glenn Amendments to the Foreign Assistance Act. The laws prohibit U.S. foreign aid to nuclear weapons states such as Israel that are not signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The people behind the lawsuit are bothered by the fact that Israeli scientists who are affiliated with its universities, which receive tax deductible donations from American citizens, may have worked on Israel’s alleged nuclear program. That program may very well be the world’s worst kept secret.

The lawsuit seeks immediate release of a closely held government report about how American branches of Israeli charitable and educational institutes fund secret nuclear weapons research and development programs.

Apparently there was an unclassified study conducted back in 1987 for the Department of Defense titled “Current Technology Issues in Israel” which the suit claims discovered Technion University technicians developing nuclear missile re-entry vehicles and working at the Dimona nuclear weapons production facility.

Hebrew University computer scientists were said to be working at the Soreq nuclear facilities were “developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs.” Israel’s Weizmann Institute, “studied high energy physics and hydrodynamics needed for nuclear bomb design, and worked on lasers to enrich uranium, the most advanced method for making the material dropped on Hiroshima in 1945” say sources attributed to the report cited in the lawsuit.

Israel’s Weizmann Institute, Technion, and Hebrew University raise substantial tax-exempt charitable funding through affiliates in the United States. According to their most recent IRS filings, American branches of the three organizations raise a combined $172 million in annual U.S. tax-exempt funding.

Let’s wait and see if the same people also sue over charitable donations made to organizations in the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority. Don’t hold your breath.



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