(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Wednesday responded in detail to attacks on her in recent days as being a “neo-nazi” for pressing forward with a highly controversial bill regarding mostly left-wing NGO activities in the country, calling on “everyone, the Left and the Right, to lower the volume. We all live in the same place.”
In a speech at the Calcalist conference in Tel Aviv, she added, “I ask that we return to our basic values, the value of being pleasant to each other.”
Earlier in the week, Shaked said she expected the police to investigate certain attacks on her, including a caricature of her posted online graphically connecting her with murders in foreign countries allegedly linked to her financial contributors.
Shaked explained that, “We all are in the same boat together and we all want to bring it, each of us according to our own worldview, to safe shores.
Our debates about the exact spot to which we need to steer cannot cause us to dig a hole in the deck” of the ship.
The bill which Shaked is pressing forward would add to prior legislation (which requires NGOs receiving foreign funds to report on their contributors) the requirement to label themselves in public forums as NGOs which accept foreign funds.
It has incurred the wrath of much of the country’s Left as well as global condemnation, particularly from the EU, which provides funds to many left-wing NGOs in Israel.
Former justice minister MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) has proposed an alternative bill that would label all NGOs regarding funds they receive, including from the private sector.