Israel Set to Investigate Progressive NGOs
The Knesset House Committee on Wednesday approved the composition of two parliamentary panels to investigate the funding sources of human rights organizations.
Most of the opposition parties have decided to boycott the committees. The motion passed at the House Committee by a majority vote of 10-7.
The House Committee approved a motion for the first panel to be chaired by MK Fania Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beiteinu), who proposed its establishment.
Her proposal calls for the panel to examine financial support by foreign governments and organizations for “Israeli organizations taking part in the campaign of delegitimization against Israel Defense Forces soldiers.”
The second committee will also be chaired by its architect, in this case MK Danny Danon (Likud). He described its mission as “investigating the involvement of foreign governments and organizations in supporting activities against the state and attempts at the organized acquisition of state land.”
The committees will not be empowered to subpoena individuals from nongovernmental organizations, but governmental organizations can be required to send representatives to the sessions.
Funny how the panels won’t be investigating right-wing groups like NGO Monitor, who actively conceal their own funding sources while criticizing human-rights groups for their lack of transparency. Indeed, the hypocrisy is so obvious that even the Knesset’s legal advisor criticized the plan.