The Israeli parliament of the Knesset has approved a controversial law forcing NGOs to declare the funds they receive from foreign state entities, with opposition saying the legislation will lead to the growth of â€śfascism.â€ť
The law was approved with 57 votes to 48 on Tuesday, according to Press TV/Al Ray.
Observers have blasted the law as a vehicle to enableÂ crackdowns on organizations seeking to use such funds to bring about equality for the Arab public.
Isaac Herzog, the head of the Israeli opposition,Â said ahead of the vote that the law represents â€śthe buds of fascism blooming in Israel.â€ť
Head of the Arab Joint List Ayman Odeh said the law sought to â€śintimidate and wipe away the few organizations that act and fight in the public sphere for equality to the Arab public.â€ť
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, claimed the lawâ€™s goal was â€śto prevent an absurd situation in which foreign states meddleâ€ť in Israelâ€™s affairs by funding NGOs.
The premier himself is suspected of having accepted more than USD one million worth of â€śdonationâ€ť from a French fraud brain. Back in March, it was reported that Netanyahu had had shady relations with a French individual who has been convicted of fraud and sentenced to eight years in jail.
Netanyahu is also the subject of a police investigation into whether he had received illegal contributions from foreign businessmen during his current tenure.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, and continues into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.