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Political: May 21, 2012

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The Knesset plenum passed into law a bill proposed by MK Zeev Elkin (Likud), which grants tax exemptions to donations made to organizations which support settlements. (Ynetnews)

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May 21st, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Political: March 19, 2012

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The Civil Service Commission is investigating a suspicion that a senior employee of the Prime Minister’s Office forged a legal opinion by the PMO’s legal bureau in order to legitimize a private donation to the office.

(Hebrew - Nana10)

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March 19th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Political: March 1‎‏9‏‎, 2012‎

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The civil service commission is investigating a suspicion that a senior employee in the Prime Minister’s office forged a legal opinion by the legal department in order to clear a personal donation to the office.

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March 19th, 2012 at 11:27 am

Political: November 16, 2011

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Likud MKs Danny Danon and Yariv Levin will propose a bill on Sunday in the Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs which asks to limit “public petitioners” – non-profit associations and organizations who file petitions against the state even though they are not directly involved in the case.  According to the new bill, non-profits will be able to petition the High Court of Justice only together with the direct victims.  In addition, the associations will be required to present a summary of donations received in the three years prior to the petition.

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November 16th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Political: November 13, 2011

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The Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs approved the bills by Members of Knesset Ophir Akunis (Likud) and Faina Kirschenbaum (Israel Beitenu) regarding donations to left-wing non-profit organizations (Hebrew source.)  Akunis’s bill would forbid non-profits from accepting a donation of more than 20,000 NIS a year from a foreign state.  The bill is supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Kirschenbaum’s bill would impose a 40% tax on donations to non-profits from foreign states.  The Attorney General has expressed opposition to MK Akunis’s bill on grounds of unconstitutionality (Hebrew source.)

Political: June 23, 2011

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According to a bill offered by MK Faina Kirschenbaum (Israel Beitenu) Israel will collect 45% tax on contributions for NGOs from foreign states. NGOs working on education and welfare will be excluded from this high tax. The explanatory notes to the bill state that “Some organizations in Israel are devoted to denounce the State of Israel to the world, and work towards having the IDF soldiers and officers persecuted, while violating their reputation”.

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June 23rd, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Economy: May 17, 2011

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State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, states in his annual report that hospitals in the center of the country receive ten times more donations than those in the periphery. The report states that the donors are those who set the agenda on construction and manpower needs of the health system, since there is no master plan by the Ministry of Health. The report also states that the Friends of the Hospital bodies get permits to build in hospital areas without a tender, which is against the law. The fact that the donations are not pre-approved by the government is another violation of the law.

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May 17th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Political: 6th December, 2010

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The Minister of the Interior, Eli Yishai, refused to receive a donation of new firetrucks from a Christian-Jewish charity group. Rabbi Yehiel Eckstein, the founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, said the ties of his organization with the ministry were harmed after Yishai came into office. According to Eckstein, Yishai sabotaged the transfer of eight new fire trucks to the firefighters a year ago, even though it was approved by Yishai’s predecessor, Meir Shitrit. Yishai’s spokesman refused to comment. (English)

Closed Society: 18 August 2010

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East Jerusalem is short hundreds of classrooms, and registration to local schools is done on a first come, first serve basis. School administrators are adding classrooms in windowless bomb shelters and inside homes, to cope with the lack of classrooms.

The Jewish Agency gave NIS 374,857 in 2009 to Im Tirzu, a political movement. These funds had been originally donated by an American evangelical movement, Christians United For Israel, and the Jewish Agency merely served as the funnel, for the purpose of making these donations tax deductible. It should be noted that the Jewish Agency permits only donation for non-political organizations, and only pre-designated donations.

The President of the Tel Aviv University, Professor Joseph Klafter, said that he had received the report by the Zionist Strategy Institute complaining about a post-Zionist slant in the sociology department, from the Director of the Council for Higher Education. He says “the Council and the Planning and Budget Committee should not deliver universities mail from any marginal group, neither on the right nor on the left.”