Knesset session 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin announced on Tuesday that the Knesset will vote
next week on whether to establish a parliamentary inquiry into left-wing NGOs
and their funding.
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After consulting House Committee chairman MK Yariv
Levin (Likud), Rivlin decided to put the vote, proposed by MK Faina Kirschenbaum
(Israel Beiteinu), on the agenda for next Wednesday.
proposal began as a motion on the Knesset’s agenda in January, which passed with
41 MKs in favor and only 17 opposed.
MK Danny Danon (Likud) also asked
that his proposal to form a parliamentary inquiry committee to investigate
Israeli NGOs that take part in delegitimization of the IDF be put to a vote on
“After it approved the ‘Boycott Bill,’ I believe the Knesset
will vote in favor of forming investigative committees that will close the
loopholes in the law, which allow extremists to harm the State of Israel,” Danon
Rivlin said that although he is wary of “turning the Knesset into
the ‘investigative branch’ of government,” the Knesset should make a decision on
the issue of foreign funding for NGOs.
He added that parliamentary
inquiries should be used for national issues only, and not sectorial
“This is undoubtedly a dangerous and problematic precedent,” Rivlin
said. “However, I do not think it is the Knesset Speaker’s role to intervene in
A number of left-wing NGOs, which are likely to be
subjected to the inquiry should it be approved by the Knesset, released a joint
statement that they “do not intend to play a role in this political show
“In a democratic state, the Knesset supervises the executive
branch, and not civil, social organizations,” the statement by Doctors for Human
Rights, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and Yesh Din
Later Tuesday, during the time allotted for MKs to give one-minute
speeches in the plenum, MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) called the move a result of
“Israel Beiteinu’s appetite for McCarthyism,” which followed “the Likud’s meal
of fascism” in the form of the “Boycott Bill.”
MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima)
warned that “the Knesset is falling into the abyss by following every political
caprice of the extreme right, which proposes a new, anti-democratic bill each
MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima) asked Rivlin to “prevent this
embarrassment. I ask you to stop this proposal,” he said.
said in response that he does not have the authority to prevent the vote from