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Limiting Political Rights & Silencing Opposers – News
“Israel defines itself as a ‘Jewish state’. All Jews, regardless of where they were born, can assume Israeli citizenship and participate fully in Israel’s democracy. The land’s Indigenous inhabitants, the Palestinians, however, are openly denied most basic rights and freedoms in Israel. While some Palestinians do hold Israeli citizenship, even they are not considered equal...
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“The row over Israeli apartheid took another authoritarian turn yesterday after the country’s Education Ministry summoned the principal and managing director of Hebrew Reali School in Haifa to a hearing after they ignored a ministry order and went ahead with an online lecture by the director of B’Tselem, arguably Israel’s most respected human rights organisation.”...
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“Let it be clear about what this actually means. Israel’s leading human rights organization was not arguing that the country was turning into an apartheid state, that it was acting contrary to the spirit of democracy, or that it is an undemocratic apartheid regime only within the confines of the Occupied Territories. According to B’Tselem...
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“Strident? The New York Times leaves out the fact that a leading Israeli human rights group on January 12 declared Israel to be an ‘apartheid regime’ from river to sea. And the fact that Columbia students affirmed that it was ‘apartheid’ by nearly two-to-one last fall. That is what is motivating people who care about human rights: state persecution...
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“Let it be clear about what this actually means. Israel’s leading human rights organization was not arguing that the country was turning into an apartheid state, that it was acting contrary to the spirit of democracy, or that it is an undemocratic apartheid regime only within the confines of the Occupied Territories. According to B’Tselem...
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“[T]he country’s largest human rights group may have rescued the possibility of open and honest discussion from those who seek to stifle free speech under the cloak of combating anti-Semitism. Such is the goal of those advocating the adoption of the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. B’Tselem’s groundbreaking paper and an equally...
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“B’Tselem makes a strong case [on apartheid], one that will be a difficult for the Biden administration to ignore. The organization’s reputation, and its identity as an Israeli rights group, will make it more difficult for American leaders to dismiss the group’s characterization. Nonetheless, it is likely that Biden’s first inclination will be to ignore...
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“Persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid” is one of the key ‘inhuman acts’ stated under the convention of Apartheid. Education Minister Yoav Gallant has ordered his ministry’s director general to bar schools from hosting B’Tselem after it launched a report affirming that Israel maintains...
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“According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’ The lawyers cited this in their letter and argued that this right is embodied...
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