Last week, Israel's Knesset passed the "NGO Law". Although ostensibly aimed at increasing transparency in Israel's NGO sector, it is instead almost exclusively targeted at human rights organisations, placing special requirements on them that aims to marginalise their voices and impact in Israeli society.
In this webinar, we are joined by Debbie Gild-Hayo, Policy and Advocacy Director at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), who'll be discussing the background to the NGO Law, its practical implications, and how the human rights community was involved in trying to defeat this piece of anti-democratic legislation. We will also be discussing other pieces of anti-democratic legislation that is currently before the Knesset, including the controversial "Expulsion Law".
Opponents of the NGO Law include Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog ("[the law] symbolises the budding fascism that is rising and flourishing in Israeli society") and Tzipi Livni ("this is nothing more than a campaign to divide Israeli society, one that reached its apotheosis already in the last elections"), as well as the New Israel Fund and many of our grantees.
About Debbie Gild-Hayo
Attorney Debbie Gild-Hayo joined ACRI in 2006 and has since overseen ACRI’s policy advocacy work in the Knesset and before leading decision makers and government officials. She received a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University, followed by an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University. She has a master’s degree in Public Interest Law at Tel Aviv University. Ms. Gild-Hayo completed her legal internship in the law division of the Defense Ministry, and went on to work as an attorney in private practice in the field of commercial law, before joining ACRI in 2006.