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December 15, 2013 11:29 am

Tzipi Livni Blocks Bill That Curbs Tax Benefits to Anti-Israel NGOs

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JNS.orgIsraeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni blocked a bill that would rescind government tax breaks for Israeli NGOs that support a boycott of Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The bill, proposed by MKs from HaBayit HaYehudi and Likud-Beiteinu and initially approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, would subject anti-Israel NGOs to a 45-percent tax rate on foreign donations.

Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein says the bill violates several Basic Laws of Israel, and even the Jerusalem-based watchdog group NGO Monitor opposed the legislation, saying it prefers to “expose” anti-Israel groups rather than fine them.

“Legislative proposals that go beyond democratic transparency and accountability for these NGOs are ill advised, not enforceable, and damage Israel’s vital national interests,” NGO Monitor said in a statement.

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