Dear friends and supporters,

Last week, Israel’s Attorney General recommended shutting down the Settlement Division, an organization that is officially part of the non-governmental World Zionist Organization (WZO), but receives public funding through the Israeli government. 
This recommendation followed an investigative report, published by Molad last October, which exposed the Settlement Division’s lack of transparency around budget, and further, the misappropriation of public funding towards support of the settlements.  This report recently resurfaced with the widely publicized allegations of corruption within the Yisrael Beitenu party.
Citing Molad's researchthe New York Times reported on Friday that the secretive financing of Settlements has become a top issue in the lead-up to the elections in Israel. 

In the same week, the Israeli media further reported that the "urban department" of the Settlement Division is being shut down in response to the revelation in Molad’s report, that the Division funnels funds to religious groups associated with the Jewish Home party, rather than to social causes, as mandated by government decisions. 
We welcome this wonderful news, and view the Attorney General’s recommendation as an important step towards greater transparency and accountability in Israel. We hope that the Israeli public will continue to promote transparency and accountability as top priorities on the public agenda.
 
As always, please stay in touch, and thank you for your support.
 
Mikhael Manekin