Members of the Knesset Finance Committee referred MK Bezalel Smotrich's (Jewish Home) call for Amnesty International to be removed from the list of organizations which are seeking to be recognized as a charity for deductions under Paragraph 46 of the Israeli income tax code to committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism).
The Finance Committee is expected to approve the list of 76 organizations, including Amnesty international, on Thursday.
MK Mickey Zohar (Likud), a member of the Finance Committee, told Arutz Sheva that approving the list as is would be a bad decision. "Every few months we discuss which organizations should receive this benefit. But we have to make sure that the organizations that receive this benefit really deserve it, and organizations that don't deserve it do not receive it."
He said that Amnesty International was one of those undeserving organizations. "This classification is intended for organizations which work to better the State of Israel and work with Israel's values. I believe that this organization is working to harm the State of Israel and is taking any opportunity to limit the state's power to defend itself. We should not be encouraging donors to give to this kind of organization. I hope that on Thursday we will be able to prevent this from happening."
Earlier today, Smotrich called on Gafni to remove Amnesty International from the list because of its reports accusing Israel of war crimes during Operation Protective Edge and its mendacious accusation that Israel carried out "summary executions" of innocent Arabs during the so-called "Stabbing Intifada."
"What chutzpa this NGO has, to make these accusations and then claim tax benefits from the State of Israel." Smotrich said.