Israel seeks to 'publicly shame' human rights groups
Publisher: Jonathan Cook
Date Written: 17/07/2016
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 Israels 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.