The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will meet today to discuss a bill that would obligate an Israeli nonprofit to disclose if it is supported by a foreign political entity, for reasons of transparency. The sole aim of the law, proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), is to label human rights groups and restrict their activities. The proposal will force representatives of NGOs who are chiefly funded by various foreign countries, the United Nations or European Union to wear special badge tags in the Knesset and note this fact in any forum or publication, as part of various restrictions that would apply to them.
This is a disturbing milestone in right-wing efforts to delegitimize and silence these organizations. The process began when former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman attempted to establish a parliamentary panel to investigate human rights groups’ sources of funding. After that, various private members’ bills were proposed whose goal was to prevent certain NGOs from receiving funding based on political criteria – along with campaigns steeped in incitement, such as Im Tirtzu’s recent “foreign agents revealed” video. The goal of such campaigns was to sabotage the public legitimacy and freedom of action of these groups, merely because some of them criticize the government.
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