Public petitioners to the High Court of Justice would have to state in their petition whether they receive any funding from foreign sources, and if so, for what purpose, according to a bill that MK Danny Danon (Likud ) plans to submit to the Knesset this week.
Public petitioners are groups or individuals with no direct interest in the case's outcome. They account for a significant portion of the petitions submitted to the High Court every year. Among the prominent public petitions filed recently are one by environmental groups against Yoav Galant's appointment as the army's next chief of staff and several by Peace Now demanding the evacuation of settlement outposts.
Often, public petitioners file jointly with a private petitioner, meaning someone who does have a direct personal interest in the outcome. Danon's bill, however, would apply to all public petitioners, without exception.
Danon was also a leading advocate of the recently approved motion to establish a parliamentary committee of inquiry into left-wing nongovernmental organizations. "As part of the delegitimization campaign that has been waged for several years now against Israel's right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state, hostile bodies try to influence the activities of Israel's governing authorities via public petitions," Danon wrote in the explanatory notes to the bill. "The parameters set in the bill will enable the court to ensure that there are no additional, non-Israeli motives or organizations behind the public petitioners."
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