'One of America’s most influential pro-Israel lobby groups has fired all its staff and closed down its offices.
The Israel Project, known as TIP, closed its Jerusalem office last month, after reports of a funding crisis.
TIP’s covert activities to influence US politics and media on behalf of Israel were exposed in The Lobby – USA, an undercover Al Jazeera documentary leaked by The Electronic Intifada in November.
The film was suppressed after Qatar, which funds Al Jazeera, came under a massive censorship push by the very same Israel lobby the film exposes.
TIP’s Washington, DC, headquarters did not reply to emails and a phone call went straight to a full voice mail inbox.
The group’s websites and social media have not been updated since July. The Tower, its news website, has not published an article or tweeted in more than a month.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that TIP’s Jerusalem office has closed, and that work in its Washington office has “come to a halt.”
CEO Josh Block resigned in July, as it emerged the group was out of funding. Block’s annual salary had been almost $440,000.
Block featured in the Al Jazeera film claiming that “people aren’t reading as much, they’re not interested in facts, history is a little bit bunk."
“All employees in Washington and Jerusalem were laid off with no compensation,” The Jerusalem Post reported in July.
It is likely that TIP’s infiltration by an undercover journalist played a role in the Israel lobby group’s demise.
Although the film has barely been acknowledged in much of the reporting on TIP’s collapse, The Lobby – USAcontained many embarrassing revelations, some of which likely angered donors.
Posing as a Zionist activist, “Tony,” Al Jazeera’s reporter, spent five months in 2016 undercover with TIP as an intern. He so impressed his bosses that they later offered him a job.
Eric Gallagher, TIP’s fundraising director, was caught in one sequence talking in insulting terms about the organization’s donors.'
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