Israel's Cabinet recently approved a deeply distressing anti-NGO law that the Washington Post has called 'a danger to Israeli democracy.'
Misleadingly called the 'Transparency Law,' it applies a number of restrictions to left-leaning NGOs that receive money from foreign governments -- and does nothing to increase the tranparency of rightwing organizations funded by anonymous foreign donors.
Many of the organizations targeted by this bill are the true champions of transparency -- they cast light on the policies and actions of the Israeli government that jeopardize peace and erode democracy.
American Jews celebrate Israeli democracy, a hallmark of the shared values central to the strong US-Israel relationship. So, even those of us most hesitant to criticize the workings of that democracy must stand up and speak out loudly against this law, which threatens to chip away at the bedrock of our bond.