It’s about time!
The EU: We must stop these Jews
from protecting themselves from our meddling
EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele told the European Parliament on Tuesday that Brussels did not support the draft bill.
“We are following with extreme concern the debate in the Knesset over this draft legislation to oblige Israeli NGOs to make public any funds received from foreign governments,” he told MEPs.
“We have made our concern clear on several occasions to the Israeli government.”
The bill, which in its original form would have revoked the tax-exempt status of groups that received funding from foreign governments has been slammed by Israeli human rights and civil liberties organisations as ‘McCarthyist’ and compared the legislation to laws restricting NGO activities enacted in Russia and Iran.
The legislation requires that any spokesperson of an NGO declare in all public appearances that they receive funding from a “foreign political entity”. Non-compliance would result in fines or imprisonment.
The EU has taken a particular interest in the bill as the country’s human rights groups receive a great deal of their funding from the bloc.
A revised version of the legislation has dropped the most controversial elements, notably the revocation of tax-exempt status and a requirement that groups report to the registrar of political parties.
Mr Fuele acknowledged there had been improvements to the bill, but still said the legislation placed an onerous burden on civil society groups.
“We believe the demand for transparency from the NGOs remains too demanding,” he said.
“The new criteria for transparency solely concerns public finance, which would be discriminatory vis-a-vis those working with public funds, notably those from the EU.” More here
Israeli Knesset members:
Yeah right, the EU Commission actually said that!