A lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party says he will put forward a bill he is calling the “Soros Law” to block donations to left wing organizations enjoying foreign funding.
On Sunday, Haaretz reported that Israel’s foreign ministry issued a statement denouncing U.S. billionaire George Soros, in a move that appeared designed to align Israel more closely with Hungary. Soros, a Hungarian-born Jew who has spent a large part of his fortune funding pro-democracy and human rights groups, has repeatedly been targeted by Hungary’s right-wing government, in particular over his support for more open immigration.
In a press release from Monday, MK Miki Zohar said that within a few days, the so-called “Soros Law” will be brought before the Knesset. Under the legislative proposal, “any person donating to organizations acting against Israel will not be allowed to donate to any organization or nonprofit association in Israel,” his statement said.
Soros has been associated with extremist left organizations, MK Zohar said his statement.