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Monday Aug. 16, 2010 11:11 AM (EST+7)
New draft bill restricting Israeli organizations

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RAMALLAH, August 16 (JMCC) - The Israeli Knesset is set to discuss a new draft of the bill written to restrict Israeli organizations. The original draft was cause for consternation among rights groups who said it was a threat to free speech and political organizing.

According to the text of the bill that will be discussed on Monday, any NGO or company created to assist the public and receiving financial support from a foreign state entity would be required to report any direct or indirect contribution to the registrar of nonprofit organizations within one week of the end of the quarter in which it received the funding.

The organization would have to disclose the identity of the donor, the sum of money, the purpose of the donation and any promises the NGO made to the donor in return for the funding.

Every three months, the registrar will publish on the Internet the information provided by the NGOs for that quarter.

The bill also calls on the NGOs “to do everything possible” to determine whether the funding it received came from a foreign state entity.

The original bill called for the NGOs that received foreign state contributions to register with the registrar of political parties – an indirect inference that the state considered such NGOs to be political organizations, even though according to the definition, they included schools, hospitals, universities and other organizations.

Read the story at the Jerusalem Post...






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