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Dec 26, 2013

Proposed Law: Banning organizations that undermine Jewishness of the State of Israel

Just a couple of weeks ago the Knesset started the passage of a law that would grant the government the ability to heavily tax (45%) any donations from foreign governments to NGOs.. this law is an attempt to put an end to the foreign influence being exerted on Israel through local proxies. I don't think it will change much, as they will now just pay the taxes. I don't see them stopping to donate just because the government will be taking some of that money. I would suggest that all monies collected from these taxes be designated for projects in the areas of Judea and Samaria.

It seems now that that law was just the initial round.. MK Miri Regev (Likud Beyteynu) yesterday proposed a new law, that makes the previous one look like child's play. In Regev's new law, no organization seeking to harm the Jewish character of the State will be able to be registered. The law currently states that an organization can be rejected if it works to damage the democratic nature of the State - the new law says any organization that harms the Jewish nature of the State.

This would effect any organization trying to promote ideas such as one state for two peoples, or any other plan that detracts from Israel's Jewish nature.

Regev said that this law will put an end the extreme left-wing and anarchist organizations trying to take advantage of the democratic nature of the State in order to undermine the Jewish and Zionistic nature of the State.
(source: NRG)

Bechadrei points out that this law would also ban organizations that work towards the dissolution of the Jewish State and desire to replace it with a non-Jewish government. i.e. this would ban an organization like the Neturei Karta.

I've got no problem with that.


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  1. So who gets to decide whether an organization "seeks to harm the Jewish character of the State"? Bagadz? The Interior Minister? A committee of rabbis?

    And on what basis? What kind of organizations are we talking about? Is an organization that wants to allow public transportation on Shabbat an organization seeking to harm the Jewish character of the State? How about an organization seeking to eliminate the rabbinute? Or seeking recognition of Reform rabbis? Maybe an organization such as Planned Parenthood could be considered such an organization?

    Maybe someday the Interior Minister, or whoever decides on this, will be from Meretz. Maybe that future minister will decide that since Judiasm is opposed to occupation of other peoples, any organization promoting settlement in the territories is seeking to harm the Jewish character of the State. Or an organization that promotes full time learning at the public expense, clearly an anti-Jewish value according to some world views.

    All in all, I've heard of better ideas than this one.


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