15:24 GMT +307 December 2019
Listen Live
    Israeli flag. File photo

    Israel's Left Lashes Out at New NGO Law Mandating Transparent Donations

    © Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    0 44

    Israeli non-profit organizations voiced protest against a new law on non-governmental organizations (NGO) and heavily criticized it for lacking democracy and fairness, local media reported Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Israeli nonprofit organizations voiced protest against a new law on non-governmental organizations (NGO) and heavily criticized it for lacking democracy and fairness, local media reported Tuesday.

    On Monday, the Israeli parliament voted 57-48 for the NGO law, which seeks to tighten up on transparency rules for foreign state-funded organizations. Under the new law these groups are to publicly reveal the fact of receiving their funding from foreign states.

    "This legislation targets organizations working for human rights and democracy, while allowing ultranationalist organizations to keep their sources of funding hidden despite their claim that the law increases ‘transparency,'" the New York-based New Israel Fund (NIF) said in a statement, as quoted by The Times of Israel.

    According to the media outlet, NIF chief executive Daniel Sokatch described the law as a greatly anti-democratic move, which undermined the freedom of expression in public.

    However, supporters of the law argued that it was intended to raise public awareness about foreign states' interference in the country's domestic affairs.


    India Will No Longer Require Israel's Heron or US Predator Drones
    Terrorists in Fighter Jets: Israel Warns Obama to Stop Gulf Aircraft Sales
    Israel Suspected of Hacking French Prime Minister’s Phone – Reports
    How Netanyahu Plays the Quartet to Quiet Their Criticisms of Israel
    fund, NGO, law, parliament, Israel
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik