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Israeli lawmaker wants to force foreign-funded NGO officials to wear stigmatizing i.d.’s

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Haaretz reports on a proposal from a parliamentarian whose party is in the governing coalition:

Left-wing nongovernmental organizations would have to declare their funding sources and be forced to reveal publicly that they are being funded by foreign governments, under a bill submitted to the Knesset Tuesday MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi).

To “increase transparency and the obligation to report,” representatives of these organizations would have to wear identification tags when meeting with government officials, and would have to note in all their publications and advertisements that they are operating with foreign funding.

Max Blumenthal:

Israeli member of Knesset proposes left-leaning NGO staffers wear special badges

Question to readers: What should the special badges look like?

Thanks to James North.


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  1. Rosebud on June 17, 2015, 4:09 pm

    If only we could require that members of the Zionist lobby wear the same badges when they meet with members of our congress.

    • thedirtydemocrat on June 18, 2015, 4:08 pm

      Yeah, a bright red triangle with a yellow strip in the middle for turn coats. For foreign journalists a flag depicting their nation. If they are Israeli it should have their star with dripping blood on a sky blue background.

  2. a blah chick on June 17, 2015, 4:19 pm

    Isn’t this the same guy who organized a “beast” parade, complete with donkey, to protest the upcoming Gay Pride parade? He looks like a gift that will keep on giving.

    As for what emblems the hated lefties should wear someone on Twitter suggested red triangles but I think they should be small portraits of Rosa Luxemburg or Emma Goldman.

    I hope this government doesn’t fall to soon, between him, Little Snakes and Cancer Regev we are in for some industrial strength crazy.

    • DoyDoy on June 18, 2015, 5:25 pm

      I am not very good at reply’s. But let me say this about that. Israel leaves a lot to be desired. And I find them to be repulsive. There, that should cover it!

    • Rob Roy on June 18, 2015, 9:01 pm

      abc: I’m confused. I’ve heard “little snakes” referred to as the children that the IDF wants to kill in the wars on Gaza. Please clarify. Thanks.

      • a blah chick on June 18, 2015, 10:08 pm

        “Little Snakes” refers to Ayelet Shaked, the new minister of “In” Justice who famously referred to the children of Gaza as little snakes, among other things. I like giving certain Israeli politicians disrespectful nicknames because, well, that’s just how I roll.

  3. annie on June 17, 2015, 4:27 pm

    it would make sense if all the ngo’s in israel and the settlements had to wear badges acknowledging their foreign funding. i’m sure all the right leaning ones depend on american funding.

    • Hostage on June 17, 2015, 4:41 pm

      i’m sure all the right leaning ones depend on american funding

      Sure enough, and the Israeli Consulates in the USA fund plenty of NGOs here according to the IRS form 990s. I’m not sure how you’d categorize the JAFI agit-prop shills that staff positions in the Federations and Hillels, since the parastatal agencies aren’t really non-governmental.

    • a blah chick on June 17, 2015, 4:46 pm

      “i’m sure all the right leaning ones depend on american funding.”

      ALL the NGO’s in Israel get foreign money and so do the politicians. Wasn’t Netanyahu’s foreign money like 95% mainly from the US.

      In the last government they tried getting a bill that would cut funding to leftwing NGO’s but it didn’t fly, I think because the courts said they couldn’t do that. Little Snakes is now trying to get it so that all funding for NGO’s has to go through her or Defense. Those organizations that show insufficient zeal for the Zionist cause won’t get a shekel out of her.

      If the Squishy Left is to survive the scythe they need to step it up a notch.

  4. joemowrey on June 17, 2015, 4:48 pm

    Question to readers: What should the special badges look like?

    How about a Yellow Star of David with the words “enemy of the Jewish State.” Nah. Too cliche.

  5. oldgeezer on June 17, 2015, 5:25 pm

    Since they would need to wear it while meeting with government officials it should resemble a clenched fist with an extended middle finger

  6. amigo on June 17, 2015, 7:08 pm

    Zionists see these NGO,s as “No good outsiders”.

    This new Israel government is moving faster down the road to total fascism then I thought they would .It,s almost as if nietandyahu agreed to all these new fascist laws when he picked his cabinet.

  7. JLewisDickerson on June 17, 2015, 7:25 pm

    RE: “Question to readers: What should the special badges [for foreign-funded NGOs in Israel] look like?” ~ Weiss

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  8. Stephen Shenfield on June 17, 2015, 9:31 pm

    The badge could display the word rodef, which is the traditional term for a Jew who denounces fellow Jews to Gentile authorities. The penalty for being a rodef is death. For example, Rabin’s assassin considered him a rodef.

    By the way, the Putin regime is waging a very similar campaign against “foreign-funded” NGOs in Russia and for similar reasons.

  9. Mooser on June 17, 2015, 9:59 pm

    ” Rabin’s assassin considered him a rodef.”

    I see, so this being a rodef is a determination that any ordinary Jew in good standing can make, and deliver sentence and execution summarily? Shouldn’t they maybe should ask a Rabbi before they start shooting? Oh well, I make no claim to understand it all.

    • Stephen Shenfield on June 18, 2015, 5:25 pm

      In the old days killing a rodef was a matter of urgency. He had to be killed before he had a chance to carry out his intention to inform on someone. There might not be time to consult a rabbi. In Rabin’s case rabbis had already sentenced him to death. According to the website of the American Council for Judaism, “on the eve of Yom Kippur a small group of religious fanatics stood before Rabin’s house and intoned the mystical Pulsa da-Nura, a kabbalistic curse of death. A contract was put out on Rabin’s life by rabbis who invoked the talmudic concept din rodef, the sentence pronounced on a Jewish traitor” (

      • Mooser on June 18, 2015, 5:49 pm

        “before he had a chance to carry out his intention to inform on someone.”

        And it is absolutely amazing how many people got murdered who were just about to “inform on someone”. Intent on it, they were.

        Gosh, it brings me back to my obsessive concern for Tribal Unity. How come we have so many traitors and informers in our midst?

  10. Stogumber on June 18, 2015, 1:25 am

    Notwithstanding …
    there’s too much “regime change” nowadays funded with foreign money, all over the world. And this is not a one-party-problem; it’s a challenge for the right and the left.
    It’s basically a conflict between the rich and the poor. The poor will always resent that rich people can buy influence and power. It’s difficult to find moral rules for that, but let’s at least support everyone who works for transparency.

  11. Stogumber on June 18, 2015, 1:43 am

    I’ve no patience with crooks, but …
    what’s with this Mr. Smotrich? From the picture, I’d say: narrow-minded, yes, a prisoner of his thoughts, but in his way honest and sincere. A man you would like to have at your side.

  12. Bornajoo on June 18, 2015, 5:24 am

    I’ll go with a hybrid of Oldgeezer’s and JLD’s (number 1)

    “I hope this government doesn’t fall to soon, between him, Little Snakes and Cancer Regev we are in for some industrial strength crazy ”

    Fully agree abc!

  13. Boo on June 18, 2015, 8:18 am

    Five-pointed red star for the lefties, six-pointed Judenstern for the traditionalist-minded righties.

  14. bryan on June 18, 2015, 8:38 am

    I think someone beat him to it. Adapting that system can I suggest a pink triangle for NGOs defending LGTB rights, a blue triangle for those assisting immigrants and asylum seekers, a red triangle for those defending political prisoners and backing workers rights, a brown triangle for those defending Bedouin rights, a purple triangle for those defending minority religious groups, a black triangle for foreign-funded groups supporting the haredi, and perhaps an ininverted red triangle for groups that undermine the IDF like Breaking the Silence.


  15. Ismail on June 18, 2015, 8:38 am

    “Question to readers: What should the special badges (worn by reps of left-leaning NGOs) look like?”

    How about a halo?

  16. Kay24 on June 18, 2015, 11:41 am

    They seem to have learnt a thing or two from those who once violated them. Their behavior and thinking are along the same lines. So weird.

  17. tony greenstein on June 18, 2015, 11:47 am

    can’t we just have a yellow star, maybe with ‘jude’ inside?

    • amigo on June 18, 2015, 7:17 pm

      “can’t we just have a yellow star, maybe with ‘jude’ inside?” TG


      “Hey jude , don,t be afraid”.

      The minute you let us into your heart , then you can start to make it better.

  18. eljay on June 18, 2015, 12:53 pm

    Question to readers: What should the special badges look like?

    Like this.

    Up the Irons!

    \m/ (>.<) \m/

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