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Obama proposes $1.3 billion military aid for Egypt in 2013 despite ongoing NGOs row

U.S. president Barack Obama proposed to renew the $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt for 2013, despite the recent crackdown on illegally funded american NGO’s in the country. However, it has to be accepted by the majority in congress where a few have said the U.S. should completely cut off aid to Egypt if … Continue reading

Egypt PM defends action against NGOs

After recent threats by the United States to cut the annual 1.3bn dollars aid if Egypt doesn’t stop the crackdown on american NGOs, Kamal el-Ganzouri, Egypt’s military-backed prime minister said that they won’t quit over pressure from Western countries. There are currently 19 Americans and 24 others on trial , being accused of illegally using foreign money to support unrest in … Continue reading

Fatah declares ‘war’ on normalization with Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has declared war on all informal meetings between Israelis and Palestinians, Hatem Abdel Kader, a senior Fatah official, said over the weekend. The Fatah leadership fears that the Israeli government would exploit such meetings to tell the world that there is some kind of dialogue going on between Israelis and Palestinians … Continue reading

Israeli PM postpones cabinet discussion of NGO bill

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided Wednesday not to hold a discussion and vote on a bill to restrict foreign funding of NGOs at Sunday’s cabinet meeting as had originally been scheduled. Israeli media quoted sources in the Prime Minister’s Office as saying the decision was made after Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein said Tuesday that the proposed legislation … Continue reading

Arrigoni murder trial resumes in Gaza City

The ninth session in the trial of four people suspected in the killing of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni was held in a military court in Gaza City on Monday. Arrigoni was found hanged in a house northwest of Gaza City on April 15, 2011. He had been kidnapped by a group that identified itself as Salafist. … Continue reading

U.S. warns Israel over bill to limit foreign funding to NGOs

The U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, recently relayed a message to senior members of the Prime Minister’s Office that the Obama administration is concerned by proposed legislation that will potentially limit funding by foreign governments for nonprofit organizations. Shapiro said the proposed legislation is much more extreme than U.S. law or similar laws in … Continue reading

Clinton criticism sparks Israeli anger

Israeli ministers reacted angrily on Sunday after local media quoted US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying she feared for the future of Israel’s democracy and the rights of women in the Jewish state. Clinton’s remarks, reportedly made on Saturday behind closed doors at the Saban Forum in Washington, made headlines in most Israeli newspapers, … Continue reading

Israel faces legal challenge over block on Palestinians exiting Gaza to sue state

An Israeli human rights organisation has launched a legal challenge to the state’s policy of denying Palestinians permission to leave Gaza to pursue claims for damages resulting from military action, which has led to dozens of cases being dismissed by the Israeli courts. The petition follows a supreme court ruling in 2006 that Palestinians were entitled to sue the state … Continue reading

PM, Lieberman join to revive NGO-funding bill

Days after the NGO bill seemed to be history, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are trying to revive it. The measure seeks to limit foreign-government funding to political organizations. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Israel takes step toward curbing foreign funding for political nonprofit groups

Senior Israeli Cabinet ministers took a significant step Sunday toward curbing foreign funding for political not-for-profit organizations, a measure that opponents see as trying to muzzle dovish groups critical of the government. Associated Press, United States Click here for the full story


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Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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