JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The establishment of panels of inquiry to look into the funding and activities of left-leaning non-governmental organizations could violate basic human rights, Israel's attorney general said.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein made the statement Sunday in a brief filed with Israel's Supreme Court, in response to a petition asking the court to prevent the establishment of such Knesset inquiry panels.
The Knesset is set to vote next week on a bill that would establish two panels to look into the funding sources and activities of left-wing organizations.
I abandoned my husband and children for four days to jet off to sunny California, and I don’t regret it one bit. Worse still, I abandoned Ye Olde Blogge for a full week, a transgression for which traveling, alas, no longer offers an adequate excuse.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Knesset House Committee has approved the establishment of parliamentary panels to probe the funding and activities of left-leaning human rights groups and NGOs.
The vote to establish two commissions of inquiries passed the committee Wednesday by a vote of 10 to 6.
One committee will investigate foreign governments' involvement in the funding of Israeli left-wing organizations and the other will investigate Israeli organizations attempting to delegitimize the Israel Defense Forces.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Knesset to reject proposed legislation that establishes a committee to investigate the funding of left-leaning human rights groups.
By a vote of 47-16, the Knesset earlier this month gave preliminary passage to the measure. The parliamentary panel would probe the funding and activities of left-wing and human rights organizations and NGOs.
Chaim Amsellem has become an unlikely hero to many in the American Jewish establishment who closely follow Israeli life, including a new worldwide group being formed to support his positions.
A Sephardic scholar of Talmud with a thick grey beard and black hat, the rabbi, 51, is a member of Knesset from the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, known for its socially conservative agenda and primary interest in obtaining government funds to support a network of yeshivas.
Grace Meng of Queens, whose press releases note that she is the only Asian American serving in the New York state Legislature, recently visited Israel on one of those JCRC missions intended to build political support among politicians who may not have had a prior chance to see the country personally and meet its leaders.
I've read or heard many such accounts from elected officials on their return from such missions, but the one below struck me as particularly interesting and insightful enough to reprint in near-entirety here.