Defending Israel's sovereignty

Two bills have been accused of symbolizing a wave of undemocratic legislation.

December 1, 2011 15:28
Knesset vote

Knesset 521. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Fania Kirschenbaum has a strong personality, and she projects it with a clear and determined voice. As the Israel Beiteinu MK articulates her views she seems to listen momentarily to the votes being read out on the Knesset floor that come through on a speaker to her office. Kirschenbaum is the author of a bill currently before the Knesset that would tax foreign government contributions to certain Israeli NGOs at 45 percent.

“We were looking at the Foreign Agents Registration Act [of 1938] in the US. We translated it and brought it here. [The problem is] here these organizations, they receive money, for instance [to aid the] Goldstone [Report], or the UK gives money to organizations and the people go back to the UK and work for a boycott against Israel. They fund organizations that go to the universities in the US and work against the IDF, for instance [after Operation Cast Lead in] Gaza, and I think that is a big problem, that it hurts democracy in Israel.”


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