Israel seeks to 'publicly shame' human rights groups

Cook, Jonathan
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.

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