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December 18, 2015 1:48 pm

17 Knesset Members Back Bill Labeling Foreign NGOs as ‘Plants’

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Member of Knesset Yoav Kisch is seeking to label certain NGOs in Israel that receive funding from foreign governments as “plants.” Photo: James Emery.

Member of Knesset Yoav Kisch is seeking to label certain NGOs in Israel that receive funding from foreign governments as “plants.” Photo: James Emery. – Member of Knesset Yoav Kisch’s (Likud) new bill proposing the characterization of certain NGOs that receive funding from entities outside Israel as foreign “plants,” or agents working against the state from within, is gaining momentum.

Seventeen Knesset members, including some from the opposition, have signed the bill, and 25,000 Israelis have expressed support for it on social media sites.

The proposal comes as a recent report issued by the Zionist group Im Tirtzu, titled “Shtulim (Plants) 2015,” argues that “there are Israeli organizations perceived by society as ‘leftist’ or ‘human rights’ groups but in fact they are not as such. They are foreign agents, extensively funded by foreign governments, and operating from within against Israeli society, against IDF soldiers, undermining Israel’s ability to defend itself in the war on terror.”

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Kisch’s bill, which was first reported by Israel Hayom, proposes compelling NGOs listed as “plants” to divulge all funding sources and banning them from collaborating with government bodies or the IDF, with exceptions to be approved by the justice minister. The bill says it aims to provide the authorities and the public with the tools to “confront the erosion of democracy and the internal delegitimization of Israel, funded by foreign institutions and states.”

Under the proposal, an NGO classified as a “plant” that fails to comply would be fined $25,700. It proposes allowing Israel’s Registrar of Nonprofit Associations to petition the courts to dismantle any organization involved in activity deemed hostile toward the state.

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  • Sarad

    About time. I think this type of bill was tried before but got shut down. Let’s hope it succeeds now.

  • Jonah

    We have an epidemic of them in the U.S., they are called liberal university’s and the president. Plo organizations running amuck condemning Israel. In fact they are now the majority, the only semblance of normalcy lies with the Christians and if the liberal Jews don’t stop attacking Christmas it will not be long before they have an Islamic knife at their throat. Don’t the liberal Jews understand that Islam wants to kill all the Jews, all the Chritians, all the gays, all the lesbians, everything a liberal Jew represents Islam wants to kill. And the best liberal Jews can come up with is to attack Christians and their beliefs. In fact you blame all the worlds problems on Christians. And Christians still tolerate your shinanigans because we respect the bible and what it stands for regarding Jews. If you keep attacking Christians you will have hell (Islam) to pay.