Hotovely demands EU stop funding left-wing NGOs

In marathon meetings with European Union diplomats, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely warns that Jerusalem may criminalize European funding to anti-Israel, left-wing NGOs if it continues unabated.

Tzipi Hotovely in the Knesset. (Abir Sultan/Flash 90)
Tzipi Hotovely in the Knesset. (Abir Sultan/Flash 90)

According to Hotovely, European governments have contributed between 100-200 million euros to groups that actively “work to blacken Israel’s name in the world, accuse it of apartheid” and support terror groups.

Hotovely tells EU diplomats that Jerusalem’s red line lies at funding for groups that delegitimize the State of Israel, work toward the Palestinian right of return to pre-67 borders or slander IDF soldiers.

The European officials are urged to increase oversight of their funding projects to ensure their money goes toward human rights’ groups and not organizations that work toward Israel’s destruction, Hotovely says. Otherwise, Israel may mull legislation that will directly criminalize funding of anti-Israel groups.

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