Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311 (do not publish again).
(photo credit: Flash 90)
During a Monday afternoon Israel Beiteinu faction meeting Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman attacked left-wing NGOs and defended his party's recent initiative to establish a parliamentary committee of inquiry to probe their funding sources.
RELATED:Proposed bill could allow expulsion of left-wing activistsLeft-wing NGOs mad Knesset to probe foreign funding
Lieberman said that "these organizations help terrorists, and their main aim is to weaken the IDF and its ability to protect the citizens of the State of Israel."
Lieberman read off a long list of data concerning funding for a number
of organizations, citing the new profile organization Adalah, the Public
Committee against Torture in Israel, for submitting incomplete funding
reports to government oversight agencies.
The foreign minister also slammed Human Rights Watch, which he accused of fund raising in Saudi Arabia by promising to attack Israel while not examining the state of human rights in Arab countries.
Last week, the Knesset plenum approved a proposal
Israel Beiteinu to create an inquiry commission to investigate the
activities and sources of financing of left-wing non-governmental
organizations who, according to the party, are working against IDF
The commission will be responsible for investigating where these
organizations get their funds from, particularly whether they are
receiving money from other states or foreign organizations that are
involved in terrorist activities.The
passing of the proposal comes after Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein
decided in August that an inquiry will not be conducted into the
activities of the left-wing organizations, and the proposal has garnered
criticism from human rights and opposition groups.