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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Bill aims to stop foreign governments from contributing to Israeli NGO's

MK's Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Ofir Akunis (Likud) and Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beiteinu) have introduced a bill in the Knesset that would prevent Israeli NGO's from accepting donations from foreign governments and from the UN.
“The absurd situation in which foreign governments, mostly Europeans, try to influence policy in the State of Israel by funding organizations that act against the IDF and the state must end,” Hotovely said, following a Channel 2 report that Netanyahu will back the legislation.

“It would be better if each country dealt with its own internal matters, and not try to meddle in our issues without understanding the damage they cause,” she added. “This bill could solve part of the problems with cash flow into the region.”

According to the bill’s text, its purpose is to stop foreign governments from influencing “the political discourse, character and policies of the State of Israel.”

“This bill is not meant to harm social organizations,” the bill reads. “It is meant to stop the involvement of foreign countries in Israeli politics through support for political NGOs.”

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