Meretz: Nonprofit Gives Cash to IDF Troops Who Refuse Evacuation Orders

Last month, SOS Israel gave NIS 20,000 to each soldier who protested the evacuation of an outpost.

MK Ilan Ghilon and Meretz chairman Mossi Raz filed a police complaint on Thursday against SOS Israel (the World Headquarters to Save the People and the Land of Israel) and Rabbi Sholom Dov Wolpe, who've been documented awarding monetary prizes to soldiers sent to military prison for refusing an order to evacuate the Homesh outpost.

SOS Israel also gave NIS 20,000 to each soldier who raised a banner protesting the evacuation at the Western Wall a month ago.

Haaretz reported this week that the group is a registered nonprofit with "good government" authorization, and that it enjoys tax-exempt status in the United States.

Peace groups and Palestinians have complained to U.S. authorities, but there has been no change in the status of the organizations supporting the right wing.

The bureau of Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Haaretz that it had instructed the legal authorities to initiate an immediate investigation into the role of various elements that encourage soldiers to carry out protest actions against orders.

"The Defense Minister places supreme significance in the immediate and quick handling of these elements in order to stress the determination to deal with this unacceptable behavior," the statement read.

A "clean management record" authorization is an administrative document of approval that is granted to every non-profit organization that presents orderly documents to the authorities. This authorization grants the group the right to benefit from public funding through tax breaks, direct funding by the government as well as returns from providing the government with services.

According to Yaron Keidar, former registrar of NGOs, and now a partner in a law firm offering legal services to non-profit organizations, the filing of a substantive complaint against such a group, with the police or at the Registrar's Office, may result in the canceling of the group's license.

"If a complaint is filed I am certain that the registrar of NGOs and the attorney general will examine the matter. The possibility does exist that the attorney general, if he deems it necessary, will not only cancel the license of the group but may consider further sanctions. This may result in sanctions against the heads of the organization, as these are determined by law," Keidar said.

The Knesset will hold a discussion on the subject of transparency of contributions that non-profit organizations receive from abroad. The event, which will be hosted by Improvement of Government Services Minister Michael Eitan, is being organized by the NGO Monitor organization, which is based in Jerusalem.