American Israel Education Foundation

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American Israel Education Foundation, a sister organization of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, organizes "educational" trips for American member's of congress. These trips, according to Former Senator Jim Abourezk,

offer Israeli propagandists an opportunity to expose members of Congress to only their side of the story. The Israeli narrative of how the nation was created, and Israeli justifications for its brutal policies omit important truths about the Israeli takeover and occupation of the Palestinian territories...What the pro-Israel lobby reaps for its investment in these tours is congressional support for Israeli desires. For years, Israel has relied on billions of dollars in US taxpayer money. Shutting off this government funding would seriously impair Israel's harsh occupation.
According to the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper, congressional filings show Israel as the top foreign destination for privately sponsored trips. Nearly 10 percent of overseas congressional trips taken between 2000 and 2005 were to Israel.[1]

It also brings American high school students to Washington DC for Israel advocacy training, work which is supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.[2]



According to the website Charity Navigator, its 2009-10 revenue totalled more than $26 million.[4]



American Israel Education Foundation
251 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 639-5200


  1. Jim Abourezk, The hidden cost of free congressional trips to Israel, Christian Science Monitor, 26 January 2007, accessed 19 July 2012
  2. Programs - Israel - American Israel Education Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, accessed 19 July 2012
  3. American Israel Education Foundation, Charity Navigator, accessed 19 July 2012
  4. American Israel Education Foundation, Charity Navigator, accessed 19 July 2012