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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 09:58 AM
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16. 'I don't know of any other country in the world that would allow such a thing'
Umm.

See this for example:

http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/Home/ADFContent?cid=4830

An American Christian Right group that fully admits that it contributes to Europaean organizations - including, I am aware, some British ones such as Christian Concern for Our Nation.

Do I like it? No. But I don't see any way of 'doing something' about it, beyond straighforward opposition to the organizations, without imperilling freedom and democracy in my country.

As regards foreign *governments* - well, both the UK and Israel are subject to very considerable political influence by the American government.

It would be one thing if Israel were simply trying to limit *all* foreign contributions to local charities and NGOs. But they appear to be singling out left-wing organizations. Right-wing organizations also get foreign contributions; e.g. the far-right, pro-settler organization 'SOS Israel' quite explicitly solicits American donations on its site. Is this being treated in exactly the same way as foreign donations to left-wing organizations? If so, well, at least they're being consistent; if not, then this is a blatantly McCarthyite, anti-left initiative - which, I'm glad to say, seems to be concerning not just foreigners but the Israeli Supreme Court.
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