Not one of the 98 requests submitted to the Ministry of Finance in the past year has asked for the enforcement of the Nakba Act & # 39;
This information was revealed in a letter from Annette Kleinman, who is responsible for the freedom of information at the ministry. The law empowers the Minister of Finance to withhold money from institutions that receive public funding if these institutions house people who deny Israel's right to exist.
The Ministry of Culture and Sport under Miri Regev has submitted 17 of these requests. 14 other requests relating to the enforcement of the "Boycott Law" were also not heard by the legal advisor of the Treasury.
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The largest number of complaints about the "Nakba law" came from Shai Glick, a right-wing activist who served 60 of them. He was the one who asked for information about the number of professions and the answers they received. 18 other requests came from people or private organizations, but also from three Knesset members. With regard to the "Boycott Act" 9 requests from Glick, one from the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, and 2 came from private individuals or organizations. Two others came from Knesset members. None of the complaints led to the withholding of money.
Last week Regev sent an angry letter to Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon, complaining that his ministry does not enforce these laws. She said that Kahlon changes these laws into a dead letter. The Minister of Culture and Sport noted two events at the Jaffa Theater, which prompted her to lower the budget. The first event was honored by the poet Dareen Tatour, while the second in June 2017 included readings of "prison notebooks", a work written by Palestinian prisoners and edited by Einat Weizman.
Regev claims that no minutes were provided from the only meeting of a Treasury committee dealing with the problem. "Your Ministry's failure is outrageous, and I hope you tell them to wake up and deal with this important issue, and it's inconceivable that supported public locations will become a fifth column at the expense of Israeli taxpayers."
Upon taking office, Regev stated that it would act to create a situation in which institutions that negated the Jewish character of Israel would not benefit from public funding. Last year she met Attorney General Mendelblit to discuss the implementation of the law. It was decided that all appeals in this case would be addressed to the Ministry of Finance, which would respond within a week.
After the Regev protests on the Jaffa Theater, a committee was convened under the direction of its director Yossi Sharabi and the general manager Shai Babad of the Treasury. It was found that the two incidents were isolated and that the theater would only receive a few thousand shekels. The commission called for legislation that would determine the parameters for future punitive measures. So far this has not happened and the theater has not been fined.
Minister of Culture and Sport Regev said in response to Haaretz that "my repeated call to Minister Kahlon of Finance, who has the authority to reduce the financing of cultural institutions that harm or undermine our values and symbols, was overcome by officials of The Treasury The limited and ridiculous authority given by the law to the Minister of Finance is incongruent with the serious damage these institutions have caused to everything we consider sacred, the Director General of my Ministry and the Director General of The Treasury agreed that the current law is not effective, and the Ministry of Culture and Sport has drafted a bill to correct this legal gap, and I intend to submit this bill in the next Knesset session. ;