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Political: February 9, 2012‎

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Likud MKs Ze’ev Elkin and Zion Pinyan are sponsoring a bill that would grant up to 35% tax break on donations to encourage Zionist settlement, mostly settlements on the West Bank.

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February 9th, 2012 at 11:22 am

Political: December 19, 2011

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beitenu) said in a party meeting that his party might reintroduce the original wording of the bill aimed at harming human rights and left wing organizations.  Lieberman further said that his party might have erred when it agreed to a watered-down version of the bill, which was then put on hold by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Political: December 13, 2011

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During a Knesset Internal Affairs Committee session, the Knesset’s legal adviser, Eyal Yinon, criticized the government’s new Prevention of Infiltration Law, and said that the bill is “exceptional by any standard.” According to the proposed law, infiltrators could be arrested for more than three years, instead of the current 60 days limit.

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Political: December 6, 2011

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Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, handed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an expert opinion, which says that the proposed bills aimed to restrict activity of human rights organizations are not constitutional, and that they hurt a number of constitutional rights, such as: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and right to equality.

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Political: November 30, 2011

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The bill proposing to limit donations to human rights organizations has been revised so that it will deny fundraising by organizations calling for conscientious objection or a boycott of Israel.  Other organizations will need to undergo a hearing in front of the Knesset’s Finance Committee and get the approval of the Minister of Finance in order to avoid being taxed on their donations.

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Political: November 28, 2011

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The Knesset approved a bill on first reading which would expose the IP address of an internet commenter who violated the defamation law or violated intellectual property rights.

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November 28th, 2011 at 11:59 am

Political: November 15, 2011

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The Knesset has been conducting an exceptionally fast track to pass a Law for changing the composition of the Judicial Appointments Commission.

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November 15th, 2011 at 2:08 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: 30 March, 2011

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A bill for the prevention of infiltration has passed a first reading in Knesset. According to the bill, infiltrators would be able to be held in custody for three years and any asylum seeker could be tried in criminal court — with a prison penalty of five years. This would also be the penalty for anyone who helps an asylum seeker or offers them shelter. Repeat offenders would go to prison for 15 years.

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March 30th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Political: 29 March, 2011

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The Knesset (Israeli parliament) yesterday approved in first reading a new bill, which allows the Minister of Religious Services to increase the share of the Local Council in the funding of its own Council of Religions. The bill does not require the increase to be approved by the Finance Committee of the Knesset, or even to consult the local municipality. The bill will be brought for second and third hearing tonight (while many Knesset Members will be absent).

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March 29th, 2011 at 5:36 pm