New Kadima bill would outlaw NGOs that helped Goldstone May 15, 2010

The Forward -  13 May 2010

New York – Lawmakers aligned with the self-proclaimed centrist Israeli party Kadima have proposed legislation that would outlaw organizations that provided information to the UN Gaza Fact Finding Mission led by Richard Goldstone.

The bill, which has the backing of 17 Knesset members from Kadima and parties to its right, would make it a crime to provide information to anyone who accuses the Israeli government or military of war crimes.

The measure is reported to have little chance of passage, but is considered a “political winner” with the Israeli public. According to the same report, a Tel Aviv University opinion poll found that 57.6% of respondents said that groups that expose immoral actions by Israel should not be “allowed to operate freely.”

Goldstone’s investigation into Israel’s three-week offensive on Gaza resulted in a 574-page report which accused Israel and Palestinian militias of war crimes. Some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the confrontation.

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