Israeli finance minister targets Amnesty International over anti-Israel campaign


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) is exploring the possibility of denying tax benefits to individuals or organizations that donate funds to the human rights group 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 settlement enterprise constitutes a war crime.

Amnesty International's logo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

An official in Kahlon's office said Thursday the move was in line with an Israeli law that seeks to prevent damage to the state that is inflicted by boycotts.

As a nongovernmental organization, charitable contributions to Amnesty International 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 (Likud) had 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."

Posted on July 28, 2017 .