Slippery Slope

Notes From a Crumbling Democracy

Archive for the ‘Yisrael Beitenu’ tag

Political: December 26, 2011

without comments

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson told a group of Jewish youth visiting Israel as part of the Taglit Birthright project that the Palestinians are an “invented people”.  Adelson was addressing a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony which was also attended by Minister of Information and Diaspora, MK Yuli Edelstein (Yisrael Beitenu).

 

Written by The Site's Team

December 26th, 2011 at 10:34 am

Internal Security: November 17,2011‎

without comments

The Police Internal Investigations department is investigating Rami Cohen Gvura, a former officer at the National Fraud Investigation Squad, on the suspicion that he passed information to  of the suspects in a police investigation of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Political: November 16, 2011

without comments

During the deliberations in the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee regarding the bill to change the composition of the Judicial Selection Committee, a vote was taken on the bill after it was surprisingly changed at the last minute; no discussion was held on the new version of the bill.  During the heated debate that unfolded, five opposition MKs were thrown out of the room and committee chairman MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beitenu) even went so far as to tell MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz): “Get out of here, you’re not even an animal”.

(Hebrew)

Written by The Site's Team

November 16th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Political: November 4, 2011

without comments

A legislative proposal to alter the representation of the Israel Bar Association in the Judicial Selection Committee will be up for review on Sunday in the Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs.  The proposal suggests that in committees in which the Bar Association has two representatives, one of them will be the chairman of the Bar Association as a representative of the majority factions, and the other will be chosen by the Bar’s opposition factions.  The proposal was put forward by the chairman of Yisrael Beitenu, Robert Ilatov, and it includes the Committees for the selection of Jewish and Muslim religious judges (Dayanim and Qadis, respectively).  A source familiar with the balance of power in the Bar Association referred to the proposal as unconstitutional, and stated that it marks an outrageous government intervention in the operation of the Bar Association – an independent statutory body – with the intent of trying to control legislative proposals and the composition of the Judicial Selection Committee.  In addition to Mr. Ilatov, the legislative proposal is signed by MK’s Uri Ariel, Ze’ev Elkin, and Yariv Levin from the Likud.

(Hebrew)

Political: November 3, 2011‎

without comments

A report by the state comptroller and ombudsman on party funding found that parties are using state money meant for political activities for personal use, spending it on gala dinners, presents and bonuses for their accounting firms. According to the report, Kadima and Likud parties paid high sums for gala dinners; Shas party paid over $5,500 for a party in honor of the daughter of Minister Eli Yishai after her wedding; Yisrael Beiteinu spent over $12,000 on trips abroad for Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other party members; Ta’al spent over $6,000 on trips to Egypt and Jordan; the Arab Democratic Party spent over $8,000 on wedding presents; Ra’am awarded 6 copper plaques to activists who sailed on the Mavi Marmara; Likud, Kadima and Labor paid tens of thousands of dollars to their accounting firms as bonuses for giving them clean financial bills of health.

Written by The Site's Team

November 3rd, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Political: November 3, 2011‎

without comments

A group of right-wing MKs called to ban Israeli-Arab party Ra’am-Ta’al from the Knesset since it awarded honorary plaques to participants in the Gaza flotilla. MKs requesting the ban include David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu) and Ronit Tirosh (Kadima).

(Hebrew)

Written by The Site's Team

November 3rd, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Political: July 6, 2011

without comments

Member of Knesset Alex Miller (“Yisrael Beitenu”), chairman of the Knesset Education and Culture Committee, proposed a bill to amend the state Criminal Code, so that a person convicted of assisting a terrorist organization, who speaks in an educational institution without receiving previous approval from the Minister of Education, in consultation with the Justice Minister, shall be liable to imprisonment of 18 months.

(Hebrew)

Political: 24 June, 2011

without comments

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was responsible for the reform which made the National Roads Company a government company. After the reform, a friend of Lieberman’s, Alex Wiznitzer, was chosen as general manager of the company without a public request for applications, and several figures close to Lieberman were chosen to work for the company, including Atty. Yoav Mani, once nicknamed “Yisrael Beitenu’s strategic manager”.

(Hebrew)

 

Written by The Site's Team

June 24th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Political: June 23, 2011

without comments

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”.

(Hebrew )

Written by The Site's Team

June 23rd, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Education: 2 May, 2011

without comments

Following intense pressure, Haifa University decided to deny Ra’ed Salah’s entry to campus. Said pressure also included a threat posed by the chair of the Knesset Education Committee, MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beitenu), that permitting the entry would result in financial sanctions on the university.

Hebrew

Written by The Site's Team

May 2nd, 2011 at 11:39 pm