Ministers vote to end national service in foreign country backed NGOs

December 11, 2016 14:50


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The Ministerial Committee on Legislation voted on Sunday to pass a bill that prevents national service in non-governmental organizations that receive most of their funding from foreign countries.

The bill, sponsored by Likud MK Amir Ohana, is intended to stop national service from being used to advance the interests of foreign countries at Israel's expense.

Ohana said it was absurd that the state was paying workers for organizations that he believes work against the interests of the state, singling out B'Tselem. The non-governmental organizations that receive most of their funding from foreign countries tend to promote left-wing causes in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supports the bill.

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