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"NGO Monitor expressed concern that “this new law is not an appropriate framework, and will only polarize important discussions regarding the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, rather than shed light or encourage informed criticism.” “The answer to this challenge,” NGO Monitor President Gerald Steinberg said, “is not to curtail NGOs’ freedom of expression. Israel’s vibrant democracy does not merely survive criticism; it thrives and is improved by it.” NGO Monitor added that the anti-boycott bill is “a response to the absence of basic policy changes among the European governments that are responsible for these processes” by funding left-wing organizations."