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Knesset Legislation Proposal 2010 ENG [Disclosure Requirements for Recipients of Support From a Foreign Political Entity]

Knesset Legislation Proposal 2010 ENG [Disclosure Requirements for Recipients of Support From a Foreign Political Entity]

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 Eighteenth Knesset
Bill proposed by Knesset Members
Zeev ElkinAvraham MichaeliDavid RotemOtniel SchnellerYariv LevinMichael Ben AriTzipi Hotovely __  _________________________________________ 
 / 2081/18p
Bill on disclosure requirements for recipients of support from a foreign politicalentity - 2010
Definitions
 
1. In this law – “Amutot Law” – Amutot Law (Law of Associations-ed) – 1981
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,“Foreign Political Entity” – as defined by 36a (a) of the AmutotLaw;“Recipient of Support”, “Recipient of support from a “ForeignPolitical Entity”- the recipient of monetary support from a foreignpolitical entity for the purpose of funding political activities inIsrael, with the exception of diplomatic or consular representationof a foreign state that enjoys diplomatic immunity;“Principle activist of the recipient of support” – decision maker ormember of the body that determines the nature of the activity ofthe recipient of support, including the director, member of themanaging board, partner with the exception of a limited partner,managing director and authorized signatory;“Political activity” – activity which aims to influence public opinionin Israel or to influence any actor within any governmentalauthority regarding any of the elements of domestic or externalpolicies of the State of Israel;“Monetary support from a foreign political entity” – support thathas been transferred directly or indirectly according to a directive
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of the foreign political entity or someone acting on its behalf, orsupport that is received by a corporation whereby at least a thirdof its funding originates from foreign political entities.
 
Registration
 
2. The political parties’ registrar should also act as the registrar ofthe recipient of support of foreign entities (hereinafter – theregistrar).Registering withthe registrar
 
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An individual or body will not receive monetary support from aforeign political entity for the purpose of funding political activitiesin Israel until it has registered with the registrar; in this regard, allsupport received by someone who funds political activity orengages in it is presumed to be support for the purpose of fundingpolitical activity.Application forregistration4. The application for registration should state the aims of theapplicant, as well as the name, address, identification or passportnumber of all its principle activists.
Publication bythe registrar5. The registrar will publicize and update weekly the list ofrecipients of supporton the Ministry of Justice website.Submission ofreports6. Immediately following the receipt of monetary support fromthe foreign political entity, the recipient of support will providea signed financial report to the registrar detailing thefollowing:1. Identity of the donor;2. Amount donated;3. Purpose of the support or its designation;4. Obligations on the part of the recipient of support,provided to the
foreign political entity orally or in writing,directly or indirectly, if any exist.
 Publication 7. a. If the recipient of support or entity acting on its behalfhas a website, the recipient must publicize prominentlythe information as laid out in section 6;b. This information will also be publicized on the Ministryof Justice website and anywhere else the registrardeems relevant.Submission ofreports8. The recipient of support will submit to the registrar on anannual basis an account balance revealing the revenue andexpenses for each financial year and will include the detailslisted in section 36 of the Amutot Law and in its secondappendix; the recipient of support will provide the registrar anarrative account on an annual basis which will includedetails relating to issues outlined in the third appendix of theAmutot Law.Transparency 9. a. The recipient of support or entity acting on its behalfwill note its status as a recipient of support on everydocument that relates to political activity, includingelectronic documents.
 
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b. If the recipient of support or entity acting on its behalfpresents issues orally within the framework of adiscussion or meeting involving political activity, therecipient of support must note its status as a recipientat the outset of his presentation, if the subject of thediscussion or meeting is related to the goals for whichhe received the support.A corporationthat is arecipient ofsupport10. a. A corporation registering as a recipient of support willnot shall not diminish obligations imposed on it byother applicable laws.b. A corporation which is a recipient of support will not beconsidered a public institution as defined by section9(2) of the Income TaxOrdinance
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.Obligation todetermineasset sources11.
a.
Responsibility lies with the individual to determinewhether the monetary support that was received orthat is supposed to be received is from a
foreignpolitical entity.
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This law will be applied to a person whether he knew orought to know that the support
 
is from a foreign politicalentity.
Personalresponsibility12. If an association violates a directive of this law, any principleactivist of the association at the time of the violation will alsobe charged with the offence, unless he proves that theoffense was committed without his knowledge and that heundertook all reasonable measures to ensure thepreservation of the law.Penalty 13.
a.
The recipient of monetary support from
a foreignpolitical entity in violation of the provisions of section 3 willface one year imprisonment or a fine as outlined in section61(3)(a) of the Penalty Law - 1977
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or four times the valueof the contribution received, the higher number betweenthem.
b.
He who gives a declaration according to section 6 that isfraudulent concerning any substantial detail will faceimprisonment of three years
Regulations 14. The Minister of Justice is authorized to enact regulations toimplement this law.
 
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Judgments of the State of Israel, new version 6, page 120
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