Israel seeks to 'publicly shame' human rights groups
Date Written: 2016-07-17
Publisher: Jonathan Cook
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19824
The Israeli government is being accused of implementing a campaign that criminalizes human rights groups.
A so-called Transparency Law, passed by the Israeli parliament last week, compels some two dozen Israeli rights organisations to declare publicly that they receive a majority of their funding from foreign governments.
Peace groups point out that the legislation has been crafted to target them alone, and not Israel’s hundreds of other civil society groups – officially known as non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Dozens of right-wing and settler organisations are also financed from abroad but will be exempt from the law because their donors are wealthy private individuals and foundations rather governments.