Smotrich proposes latest bill seeking to limit NGOs’ foreign funding

NGOs will have to publicly declare any funding by foreign governments if a bill submitted by MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) becomes law.

According to the proposal, NGOs funded by foreign governments will have to write that they do so on any publication or public statement or event and their representatives will have to wear identification tags when meeting with government officials.

The explanatory portion of the bill states that NGOs funded by foreign governments are essentially disguising themselves as groups of citizens expressing the will of the nation, while acting as a conduit for foreign governments to influence internal matters in Israel. As such, Smotrich wrote that he seeks to set rules of transparency and disclosure.


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