AYELET SHAKED 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem / The Jerusalem Post)
Legislation meant to severely limit funding of left-wing organizations is back
on the Knesset’s agenda, with Bayit Yehudi faction chairwoman Ayelet Shaked and
Yisrael Beytenu faction chairman Robert Ilatov submitting a new version of the
controversial bill Tuesday.
According to the bill, NGOs may not receive
contributions of over NIS 20,000 from a “foreign political entity” if the
organization, its members, a member of its management or one of its employees
calls for IDF soldiers to be brought to international courts, calls for
boycotts, divestment or sanctions (BDS) of Israel or its citizens, denies
Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state, incites to racism or
support armed combat by an enemy state or terrorist organization against
“It cannot be that the State of Israel allows unlimited
involvement of foreign countries to influence its character and values,” Shaked
“Israeli democracy is under a double attack. Foreign funding twists
the power and will of Israeli voters and gives an extremist majority a greater
ability to express itself than most of the Israeli public. That extremist
majority endangers the State of Israel and is used as the arrowhead in the
word’s attempts to delegitimize Israel.”
Shaked said the bill will
dramatically help the government fight these phenomena and limit how much
foreign countries can be involved in Israel’s internal affairs.
explained that NGOs take advantage of their status and act against Israel as a
Jewish, Zionist state.
“These NGOs want to take apart the foundations of
the country and act to create a false, negative image in the international
arena; therefore, there is a need to reduce their ability to blacken the State
of Israel’s name,” he said.
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The legislation was inspired by reports by
Zionist advocacy NGO Im Tirzu, which concluded that foreign governments funded
and continue to fund Israeli organizations that support BDS and call for IDF
soldiers to be put on trial for war crimes.
“Israel’s enemies market the
fight against them as one for human rights, but in reality they obsessively try
to delegitimize Israel,” Im Tirzu chairman Ronen Shoval said. “The Knesset must
act determinedly to protect Israeli democracy from those trying to destroy
In the previous Knesset, Likud MK Ofir Akunis and Yisrael Beytenu MK
Faina Kirschenbaum, both currently Likud Beytenu deputy ministers, proposed
similar legislation, which was blocked by then-minister without portfolio Bennie
Begin, who declared the bills “dead.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
and then-foreign minister Avigdor Liberman promised to revive the bills, but
they never ended up getting passed.
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