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  8/2/2009, Av 12, 5769

Israel to Ban Foreign-Funded NGOs​​?


Officials in the Prime Minister's Office expressed anger last week over foreign funding of Israel-based political NGOs, including the leftist group Breaking the Silence, which recently released several highly-publicized anonymous second-hand reports of IDF crimes in Gaza. Now, according to the Jerusalem Post, the government is weighing a ban on foreign funding for such groups.

Several NGOs that appear to be political in nature, such as Peace Now, Ir Amim, B'Tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, are heavily funded by European governments. The NGOs in question are opposed to Israel's presence in Judea, Samaria, and areas of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority, and are often harshly critical of the IDF, the government, and Jews living in Judea and Samaria.