zondag 20 november 2011

Netanyahu freezes bills aimed at curtailing NGO's

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to freeze the parliamentary process that would ratify bills aimed at limiting foreign funding of Israeli human rights organizations, sources said on Saturday, a week after a Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bills.
According to the sources, Netanyahu decided to indefinitely postpone appeals submitted against the Ministerial Committee for Legislation's vote, meaning that Knesset members wont be able to ratify the bills.
 These bills, sponsored by two members of Netanyahu's Likud party - MKs Tzipi Hotovely and Ofir Akunis, would cap foreign governments' contributions to "political" non-governmental organizations at NIS 20,000.
 Officials close to the bills' proponents told Haaretz Saturday that they feel "Netanyahu is working to jam these bills. Maybe he was scared from the criticism he had heard from foreign representatives and from the Attorney General."

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