Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a session in the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Israeli parliament takes first step to pass controversial NGO lawA controversial bill that would compel NGOs receiving most of their funding from foreign governments to declare it in official reports passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament early Tuesday. The text has renewed tension between one of the most right-wing governments in Israeli history and the United States and the European Union.Several left-wing Israeli NGOs receive large percentages of their funding from abroad, including from European governments.In a statement Tuesday, Peace Now said "the passing of the NGO bill is a violent and discriminatory act of public shaming against those criticizing the government.
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