Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Hadas Parush/Flash90) (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Moshe Kahlon

Israel is seeking ways to fight back against Amnesty International over its anti-Israel campaign.

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is exploring the possibility of denying tax benefits to individuals or organizations that donate funds to Amnesty International due to its recent campaign against Israel’s settlements.

The group’s “50 Years of Occupation” campaign calls on the international community to boycott Israeli products manufactured in Judea and Samaria as well as impose an arms embargo on Israel, claiming that the Jewish state’s so-called “settlement enterprise” constitutes a war crime.

An official in Kahlon’s office said Thursday that the move was in line with Israel’s “Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott Law.”

Charitable contributions to Amnesty International, a nongovernmental organization, afford donors a tax deduction. Denying this benefit could significantly hinder funds the organization is able to raise, the official explained.

Member of Knesset Miki Zohar sent Kahlon a letter Wednesday, saying Amnesty International “relentlessly persecutes and maligns IDF soldiers, and has even claimed in the past that IDF soldiers starve Palestinian children. Amnesty supports conscientious draft objectors and [illegal foreign] infiltrators and spares no effort to undermine the State of Israel.”

Zohar asked Kahlon to “implement the Boycott Law, which authorizes you to immediately revoke the recognition of donations for tax purposes to a group calling for a boycott against Israel.”


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