The controversial Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories has been booted out of Israel’s state-run civilian national service volunteer program because it acted “against the state and its soldiers.”
Israeli Human Rights Organization Tossed Off National Civilian Service Program For Its Support Of Gaza Civilians
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The controversial Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories has been booted out of Israel’s state-run civilian national service volunteer program because it acted “against the state and its soldiers,” the JTA reported based on several Israeli media reports.
That decision was unilaterally made by national civilian service head Sar-Shalom Jerbi because Jerbi dose not approve of B’Tselem’s attempt, blocked by Israel’ High Court of Justice, to publish the names of every Palestinian child killed in Gaza, allegedly by Israeli fire.
Each year since 2012, B’Tselem has reportedly received one national civilian service volunteer.
Earlier this year, Jerbi reportedly said national civilian service would be available “only to bodies that do not subvert the existence of the state as a Jewish and democratic state.”
In a letter to B’Tselem notifying it that no volunteers would be provided it in the future, Jerbi accused B’Tselem of trying use “lies” to “slander” Israel in the world media.
“There is a clear line separating a legitimate political opinion in the Israeli political discourse and the dissemination and publication of lies and slander in Israel and worldwide…. Therefore I see no possibility of continuing to approve your organization as a participating body in the national civilian service, which receives assistance from the State of Israel,” Jerbi wrote in a letter that also attacked B’Tselem for allegedly refusing to label Hamas a terrorist organization.
B’Tselem told the media that Jerbi’s move “increases the flames of intolerance… [and that Jerbi] joins the dubious club of those inciting to harm anyone who expresses opinions that could be interpreted as criticism.”
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel reportedly sent a letter to Jerbi threatening to challenge Jerbi’s decision at the High Court of Justice unless Jerbi retracted.