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Israel said to plan penalties for Amnesty donors in unprecedented move

Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem, 2017.
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Israel reportedly wants to punish Amnesty International for campaign to boycott goods made in settlements

Israel intends to penalize Amnesty International for a recent campaign encouraging people to call for boycotts on products made in West Bank settlements, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Tuesday.

The government plans to deny tax benefits to Israelis who make donations to Amnesty in an unprecedented move based on a 2011 law punishing those who advocate boycotts against Israel or Israeli settlements, according to the newspaper.

Representatives of the human rights group will be called for a hearing at Israel's Finance Ministry, Haaretz said.

Amnesty International Israel spokesman Gil Naveh told Haaretz that the NGO has more than 2,500 donors in Israel. He further told the newspaper that the plan was "part of a systematic persecution of human rights organizations and activists who criticize the Israeli government for its actions inside Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories."

Amnesty International launched a campaign this summer under the banner "Israel's Occupation: 50 Years of Dispossession", to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's presence in the West Bank.  The campaign website said: " We want governments to stop enabling the economy that keeps these illegal settlements growing and fuels the suffering of Palestinians: and you can help . . . Call on your government now to ban Israeli settlement goods from entering your markets, and to stop companies based in your country operating in settlements or trading in their goods - and help put an end to the cycle of violations suffered by Palestinians living under Israel’s occupation."  

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stevenl

Apply the same to every anti-IL NGOs.

Bravo

Nina49

Great move. All for it. Another NGO calling for Palestinians to be on the welfare list. Israel is providing jobs to the Palestinians. What is so difficult to understand?

AreYouKiddingMe

the only ones responsible for the palis situation are the palis themselves. should evict them all from Israel

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