Netanyahu backs laws to limit donations to Israeli human rights organizations
Bills seek to harm to human rights groups which relayed information to the Goldstone committee that followed IDF's Operation Cast Lead on Gaza.
By Jonathan Lis and Nir Hasson
Two bills restricting human rights organizations in Israel that were put on hold are now back on the legislative table. The proposed laws which would significantly curtail the ability of organizations to seek donations overseas will be brought to a vote next Sunday by the ministerial legislative committee.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced this week that he supports legislation of these bills, and will back their handling and approval by the ministerial committee. These are legislative initiatives that were discussed by the ministerial committee last June. Their handling was frozen at the request of Minister Benny Begin (Likud ), so as to avoid international criticism of Israel ahead of the Palestinian attempt to gain statehood recognition at the United Nations in September.
The proposed bills seek to cause economic harm to human rights groups which relayed information to the special UN committee headed by Judge Goldstone following the IDF's Operation Cast Lead on the Gaza Strip..........(........)..............