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December 29, 2015

Israeli Leaders Advance Bill on Nonprofits' Foreign Funding

A committee of Israeli government ministers approved legislation Sunday that would require nonprofits to disclose if they get more than half their funding from foreign countries, The Wall Street Journal and The Times of Israel report. Representatives of such organizations would also be required to wear special badges akin to those worn by lobbyists when attending the country's parliament, the Knesset, under the bill.

The vote Sunday by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation sends the government-sponsored measure to the Knesset for a debate and vote. Peace and rights activists contend the bill marks an effort by Israel's conservative government to crack down on left-wing groups that advocate for peace with the Palestinians. Government leaders say they are seeking greater transparency in funding for groups that engage in Israeli politics.