Friday, March 23, 2012

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passed a law limiting foreign donations to nonprofit political

a committee of the Israeli cabinet voted to pass legislation backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which could reduce tens of millions of pounds in foreign funding for organizations of human rights.

The ministerial committee on legislation passed two bills, one that limits the overall financing of NGOs by foreign organizations, including the United Nations, to 20,000 shekels (£ 3300) years. The other seeks to tax all contributions to non-governmental organizations of foreign states. Those who support the bills that many NGOs are political groups working under the pretext of human rights "delegitimize Israel."

Last week, Matthew Gould, British Ambassador to Israel, has added his voice to the concerns of international diplomats. Gould met with the proponent of the bill, Likud Minister Ofir Akunis, to warn that the adoption of his bill would be a bad image of Israel in the international community.

Sunday, sources from the embassy in Tel Aviv confirmed to be monitoring the progress of the bill carefully.

In 2010, the British Embassy has donated 300,000 pounds to human rights organizations in Israel.

EU Ambassador to Israel, Andrew Standley, is also reported to have contacted Netanyahu adviser, national security, Yaakov Amidror last Thursday to say who approved the bill threaten the position of Israel as a democratic state.

Benny Begin's Likud, son of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, was one of the ministers who opposed the bill, which means they must pass a second cabinet vote before it can be submitted to the Knesset. This vote should not take place for several weeks.

The government suggested that the bill could be amended to distinguish between groups with a political agenda and those who actually work in promoting human rights.

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