A new bill sponsored by MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Habayit Hayehudi) seeks to end the absurdity where foreign government-funded NGOs use their status as non-profit organizations to attain free government information to harm the state.
The Freedom of Information act provides citizens the right to attain information from the government for a small fee, but non-profits are able to receive this information for free. As a result, radical anti-Israel NGOs submit a flood of such requests to government offices, which are then falsely used to slander and defame Israel throughout the world. These requests also consume valuable time of government employees, which hamper the government’s ability to work on behalf of the people.
The new bill would have NGOs that receive the majority of their funding from foreign governments to pay a fee to attain such information. As put by Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg, “Anyone who acts in the service of foreign governments, to the tune of millions of shekels every year, doesn’t also need the Israeli taxpayer to fund it.”
In an article published by Haaretz on the bill, the newspaper claimed that Im Tirtzu lobbied Moalem-Refaeli to propose the bill. In response, we would like to say: No, Haaretz, we did not lobby MK Moalem-Refaeli. Im Tirtzu promotes ideas and shines a powerful light on a terrible state of affairs. We will continue to do just that, confident that wise, engaged and caring decision makers like MK Moalem-Refaeli will seek to channel that light into needed legislation.