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

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Tzipi Livni was one attendee at the J Street conference. Photo: Antje Wildgrube.

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.

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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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