NGO Transparency Bill Passes First Reading

The Knesset has passed the first reading of the controversial “NGO transparency bill,” reported Times of Israel.

Fifty MKs voted for and 43 voted against the draft legislation, which requires NGOs to provide details of overseas donations in all their official publications and online if more than half of their funding comes from foreign governments.

Critics say the law, pushed by the right-wing government, is aimed at left-wing human-rights groups, which often receive funds from foreign governments and are critical of Israeli government policies. Supporters of the bill say that it merely promotes transparency and disclosure, but does not restrict the groups’ donations or activities.