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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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November 30th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Closed Society:November 27, 2011

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Peace Now General Director Yariv Oppenheimer and other senior staff of the organization received e-mails which included explicit death threats.  It is suspected that the sender of these threats is the same youth recently charged with spraying “Death to Arabs” graffiti in Jerusalem.

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November 27th, 2011 at 8:45 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

Political: June 9, 2011

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Israel Beitenu party is planning to bring back to vote the bill to establish a parliamentary commission of inquiry to examine the leftist NGOs. In addition, MK Uri Ariel (Ha’ichud Hale’umi) and David Rotem (Israel Beitenu) put forward a new bill stating that NGOs which do not support Israel as a Jewish state would be outlawed.

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Political: 23 February, 2011

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Although Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) claimed his Brussels talks on Israel-EU relations as a success, the summary published by the the European Union included reprimands and condemnations of Israel. The EU criticized efforts personally led by Lieberman especially sharply, such as the parliamentary  committee of inquiry for human rights NGOs.

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February 23rd, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Political: 12 January, 2011

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MKs Faina Kirshenbaum and Dani Danon, iniatiors of the parliamentary committee of inquiry into the human rights organizations said that the purpose of the committee is “to ascertain that the orgnizations do not receive funding from terrorist organizations.” This is despite the fact that there is already a prohibition on receiving donations from terrorist organizations abroad, and the Money Laundering Authority has increased enforcement of this matter over the past few years.

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