- Public Committee Against Torture in Israel
- Akevot institute for Israeli-Palestininan conflict research
- Education for Peace
- Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
- Sikkuy – Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality
- The African Refugee Development Center
See a pattern? All (but two) of these NGOs are either human-rights organizations battling for equality for all citizens and residents of Israel, anti-occupations, or peace-related.
Just like this bill is trying to show who’s holding the wallet for these organizations, who’s pushing this bill? What’s the goal of this bill? And why of all a very similar type? Is it “transparency”? If so, shouldn’t more than 27 really similar NGOs.
One possible answer is that only “this type” of NGO gets outside funding. Maybe there’s a logic in making outside-funded NGOs more trasnparent. But are they really the only ones gaining from non-Israeli citizens? Not according to this report that finds 93.8% of the donations to 9 right-wing NGOs are totally hidden from the public. We know about American Sheldon Adelson funding media outlets and Binyamin Netanyahu. Why were they excluded? Why doesn’t Adelson’s paper not have that big “NON-ISRAELI FUNDED” sign that these 27 NGOs will now bear?
Another NGO, as an example, that isn’t part of the 27; Elad. According to this report Elad gets donations from all over the world including Lichtenstein, The Virgin Islands, Panama, The Bahamas, The US, and others. And from many undisclosed donors. Here’s a nice graphic showing this. If this organization doesn’t fall under the “Transparency Bill” what’s the point? Wouldn’t the public be better off knowing where that funding is coming from? Who’s pulling Elad’s strings? Maybe there’s something else going on here?
If we’re talking about “transparency” let’s be open about the intent of this bill: it has nothing to do with transparency; it’s goal is to discredit voices they don’t like.