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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Why the Knesset has to investigate the Leftist NGO's

For those of you who wonder why we need a Knesset investigation into the funding sources for the country's post-Zionist NGO's, please consider this summary of actions taken by Labor's Yitzchak (Buji) Herzog in his final hours in the government. Herzog managed to gut the bill backed by watchdog groups, which would have required NGO's to declare their foreign support whenever they participated in Knesset hearings. And he did it together with the New Israel Fund, the group whose constituents are responsible for the vast majority of the anti-Israel lies in the Goldstone Report.
Makor Rishon correspondent Gil Bringer reported in the 21 January edition that before leaving the government, then Welfare Minister MK Isaac Herzog (Labor) neutered the NGO law proposed by MK Elkin.

Under the original law, NGO's receiving financial support from foreign governments would have to declare that they receive such funds when they participate in political hearings such a Knesset hearings. Herzog deleted the requirement.

Under the original law, NGOs receiving any funding from a foreign country were covered by the law. Herzog changed the law to cover only NGOs that receive more than 1/3 of their funding from foreign governments.

Herzog also deleted the "penalties" section of the law so that those who violate the law do not face criminal penalties.

In a speech to the Knesset, Herzog noted that he made the changes to the law in consultation with a senior official in the New Israel Fund.
It's not clear to me whether the bill can be restored to its original functions by the Knesset, and if not, why not.

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At 5:58 PM, Blogger Moriah said...

The Palestinians and the entire Muslim world are pikers in comparison to the enemy within...

At 10:42 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The bill can and should be restored now that the leftist Labor Party is finally out of the government.

What Buji did amounts incidentally, to a conflict of interest. Israel needs a law on financial disclosure by Israeli NGOs with strong teeth.

What could go wrong indeed

At 12:17 AM, Blogger The Caped Crusader said...

This is just madness... No wait, actually it's fascism.

And I thought the country was in trouble for a second there...


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