December 9, 2011
Bibi Stomps on Israel's Liberal Values
Shira Herzog, Globe and Mail
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An ill wind is blowing through Israel’s Knesset. If passed, a spate of bills sponsored by the governing coalition will have a chilling effect on freedom of speech and compromise the judiciary’s independence.
The laws on the table include the imposition of draconian taxes to impede foreign funding of NGOs, a politicization of the selection of judges and a loosening of libel laws that will have the effect of curbing investigative journalism. They follow previous laws that also restrict open dissent, especially by citizens who aren’t Jewish.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has done little to stop this disturbing trend. Driven...
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