ASIA/ISRAEL - Christian Association criticizes the new law on NGOs

Saturday, 16 July 2016 human rights  

Christian Aid

Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - On July 11th, the Israeli parliament passed a controversial bill requiring non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that receive more than fifty per cent of their funding from foreign governments to declare so publicly.
In light of the ruling William Bell, Christian Aid's Senior Advocacy Advisor for Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory expressed his criticism. "This bill", said among other Bell "is a clear attempt to restrict or close down voices that speak out against injustice. The majority of the organisations that this law will apply to are human rights organisations, including Christian Aid's Israeli partners B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence".
Christian Aid - said Bell - "is proud to support Israeli civil society organisations that uphold human rights and challenge discrimination, and we shall continue to do so".
Christian Aid is an agency that supports social and development projects on behalf of more than 40 churches and Christian communities in the UK and Ireland. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 16/07/2016)