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Damaging Israel's priceless assets

The current government seems bent on making Israel a more illiberal society by undermining freedom of speech, condoning public expressions of racism and threatening mass deportation of refugees. So it's not surprising that Netanyahu cannot understand just how priceless an asset the country's human rights organisations are. It's absurd to trumpet Israel as the "only democracy in the Middle East" and in the same breath attack the very organisations that any democracy must cherish. Their very aims are to strengthen democracy and the rule of law.

These groups are now an integral part of a kaleidoscopic array of voluntary organisations that make up a vibrant global Jewish civil society – a connection that has its roots in the role Jewish NGOs played in building the international human rights system in the 1940s and 1950s. If the Israeli government had any sense it would base its public relations strategy on this fact. By continuing to demonise Israeli human rights groups, it's just shooting itself in the foot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli human rights groups are to be commended for their courage and responsibility in attempting to focus on what has been going on with Israeli persecution of Palestinians, and deserve the world's respect in their efforts.

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