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Quash bill probing NGOs, Peres tells Knesset

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/quash_bill_probing_ngos_peres_tells_knesset_20110118

Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Knesset to reject proposed legislation that establishes a committee to investigate the funding of left-leaning human rights groups. By a vote of 47-16, the Knesset earlier this month gave preliminary passage to the measure. The parliamentary panel would probe the funding and activities of left-wing and human rights organizations and NGOs. "The investigation of organizations and foundations, whether from the left or right, must be left to law enforcement authorities," Peres said in a statement Monday. "They possess expertise, are objective and hold the appropriate investigative tools. The establishment of such a parliamentary investigative committee harms Israeli democracy and is unnecessary."

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