Yisrael Beiteinu attacks NGOs in Israel


By Yehuda Erdman
January 8, 2011
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Meretz UK notes with alarm the recent vote in the Knesset to investigate funding of Israeli NGOs on the grounds that they may be harming the IDF. This motion was sponsored by Yisrael Beitenu led by Avigdor Lieberman the current Foreign Minister of Israel. Many have called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to sack Lieberman from this post as he is regarded as a loose cannon and the Prime Minister's office is often issuing qualifying statements after one of Lieberman's non-diplomatic outbursts. Now Lieberman is flexing his muscles and has launched an attack on leftist organisations in Israel which he has accused of aiding the enemies of Israel. These organisations include Peace Now, Betzelem and other human rights organisations. The New Israel Fund (NIF) has previously been the target of a smear campaign by a group of right wing extremists calling themselves "Im Tirzu" who also attacked the President of the NIF, former MK Professor Naomi Hazan, in a virulent ad hominem way. They contended that the NIF was chanelling funds to orgainsations which then passed information to "Israel's enemies", specifically the Goldstone investigation of operation Castlead.
Not content with a smear campaign, the attack on the left wing in Israel has been raised to a new height by a McCarthyist style witch hunt of NGOs. This is going to backfire because one day the pendulum will swing away from Yisrael Beiteinu, and they may find themselves under investigation for various matters. In any case it is very undemocratic to launch an attack based on partisan considerations, and as democracy is a fragile system at the best of times it is highly regrettable that the Knesset has voted in favour of this ill-judged motion.

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Yoni1

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 19:36

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Oh sheesh, another idiot who has no idea what McCarthyism actually means.

This is not going to blacklist individuals because of their beliefs, but look into foreign funding by enemies of Israel of groups who provide ammunition to enemies of Israel. Got it now?


Joe Millis

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 19:42

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Yoni Ish-Hoff, will you ask for Meretz UK to be censured by the ZF now that it has come out against the McCarthyism?


Jon_i_Cohen

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 19:54

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Oh dear!, another case of (aSHAMed to be a) Jew-flu.

We have already had this information here:-

http://www.thejc.com/blogpost/time-is-up-for-the-leftists-who-work-again...

The investigation is into the funding, not the thinking, of groups that damage the interests and the security of the State of Israel such as:-

•B'tselem - director, Jessica Montel
•The Center for Defense of the Individual - director, Dalia Kirstein
•Yesh Din - director, Roi Maor
•Ir Amim - director, Yehudit Oppenheimer
•The Public Committee against Torture in Israel - director, Yishai Blanc
•Adallah - director, Mahmoud Yazbek
•Peace Now - director, Yariv Oppenheimer
•Gisha - director, Kenneth Mann
•Association for Civil Rights ion Israel - President, Sami Michael
•Mousawa - Anwar Jamal, Tariq Bashir, Jafer Farah
•as well as: Breaking the Silence, Machsom Watch, The Israeli Committee against Home Demolitions and the Center for Alternative Information.

Be Very Afraid, Fifth Columnists

MK Danny Danon told Arutz Sheva that he will be the Knesset member heading the committee of inquiry into ultra-leftist groups' sources of funding that the Israeli parliament voted to establish.

Danon said that he "recommends to [Peace Now Director] Yariv Oppenheimer and the other directors of the NGOs that are a fifth column within Israel to start sprucing up their CVs, because soon they will be unemployed."

Danon said that "it is time to find our the sources of the monies for these groups that act without letup against the state of Israel." He added: "We will try to find out who are the ones who arrange the riots at the Bil'in checkpoint, who funded the legal motions in the matter of Highway 443. We will reveal the bodies that roam the Galilee and purchase private lands with Saudi money. The leftists seem afraid and they must have a reason for fearing this committee."

The committee does not have powers of subpoena and is no different from other Knesset committees as far as its powers. Danon is optimistic, however: "I hope we can stop these groups, which received 40 million shekels from the European Union in the last five years alone... We will try to discover the truth and in the end we will recommend changes in legislation as well.

As reported by Israel National News
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/141600


jose (not verified)

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 19:59

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Im Tirtzu is an NGO itself, by the way, non-political and centre. Real Zionists. Yet untolerable to the lefties. You see how Herr-dman treats them, in his old Stalinist way?
You can hear in his writings the echoes of the hooliganism and cosmopolitism of the Stalinian and Brejnevian eras.

Last Meretz meeting was in a telephone booth. Why censor them? They have been censored by the people of Israel, a democracy.


Jon_i_Cohen

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 20:08

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Meretz UK?
How many people apart from Yehuda Erdman belong to Meretz UK?
joe
The ZF wouldn't waste their time discussing Meretz UK?
They are so far to the fringe to be right off the scale, as jose points out they have next to no support in Israel.
So, back to the post in hand. The Knesset investigation is to expose the funding of the leftist-extremists and the committee will propose legislation to stop funding of activity that it is harmful to the state by such groups that have an obvious conflict of interest and a hidden agenda, as per the gourp listed in my post above.


Yoni1

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 20:09

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Another silly rant by the draft dodger.


Jon_i_Cohen

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 20:09

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sorry, typo, s/be "groups" listed in my post above.


Yoni1

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 20:13

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Then don't smear people by calling them 'extreme right wing', Erdman. Remember the beam in your own eye.


amber

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 20:33

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Erdman, how many people voted for Meretz in Israel, and how many members are there in the UK? Do you think anyone cares about such an inconsequential political party, especially one which consistently works against Israel from within?

I mean, really?


Kahina

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 20:34

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Shavuah Tov Yehuda

I don't think we need to worry about the pendulum swinging away from Yisrael Beiteinu for the moment.

If new elections were to take place, polling strongly suggests that Likud and affiliated parties would gain seats. Here is a sample poll, from Dec. 5, 2010, with current parliamentary seats in brackets:

32 [27] Likud
26 [28] Kadima
18 [15] Yisrael Beiteinu
08 [13] Labor
09 [11] Shas
05 [05] Yahadut Hatorah
03 [03] Jewish Home/NRP
02 [03] Meretz
04 [04] National Union
03 [00] Centrist party headed by Yair Lapid
10 [11] Arab parties

Doing the arithmetic, the coalition parties that now control 61 seats would, if these figures come true, control 67 seats in a new Knesset. And regretfully down 1 seat for Meretz. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Source: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=50170


Joe Millis

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 20:51

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Yoni ish-hoff, i suppose using this cover allows you to be abusive. But now the covers blown I don't think your superiors will be too impressed and I an sure your attacks on fellow zionists, especially those wielding power in the zf will not go unnoticed. Quit while you're ahead. Just


Yoni1

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 21:22

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Millis, try a brain transplant. That's the only thing that'll help you.


Yehuda Erdman

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 17:34

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I note that several of the posts have launched a parallel attack on Meretz UK, which mirrors the one launched by Lieberman and Yisrael Beiteinu on left wing groups in Israel. Regrettably this type of discourse has consequences, as we have just witnessed in the USA where a Jewish Democrat was the victim of an assassination attempt that left six others dead. Republicans have woken up to the fact that by raising the rhetoric to new heights there can be undesired side effects.
A similar thing happened in Israel in 1995 when the right wing with Netanyahu as leader started to use unacceptable imagery of Rabin dressed as a Nazi officer, and lo and behold a short while later Yigal Amir shot Rabin in the back. Amir now languishes in jail but his thousands of supporters are trying to get him out of solitary confinement on various spurious grounds.
If you go even earlier back to 1938, Chaim Arlosoroff a Labour officer in the Jewish Agency was gunned down and no one was ever charged with his assassination, but it was suspected to be the work of right wing thugs sympathetic to the Stern gang or perhaps Etzel or Lehi.
It seems it is always the right wing elements using violence on the left wing in Israel, not the other way round. Is this perhaps a symptom of fascism?


amber

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 17:38

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Poppycock Erdman. Why is it that endless hatred from the left is OK? And it is utterly baseless to blame Republicans for the shooting in the US. That's truly pathetic.


amber

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 17:39

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Erdman, heard of the Altalena?


Yoni1

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 17:46

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"no one was ever charged with his assassination, but it was suspected to be the work of right wing thugs"

Suspected by whom, Erdman? This is pure speculation, and as such as pathetic as the rest of your rant - and a hint of fascism besides.

And what Amber said.


Yoni1

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 17:47

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Oh, great, some tosser doesn't think that the Altalena should be mentioned - left-wing loons don't like uncomfortable facts, innit - so he / she / it has marked it down.
Idiot.


Yehuda Erdman

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 17:50

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Amber
I have heard of the Atalena which was blown out of the water after refusing to surrender their arms to the Jewish Agency. Rabin commanded that operation under direct orders from Ben Gurion who was the elected head of the Jewish Agency and first Prime Minister of Israe. I suggest you visit the new museum on Yitzchak Rabin in the grounds of Tel Aviv University which deals with his life and does not sweep anything under the carpet.
Incidentally Ben Gurion also ordered the Palmach to disband which they did but somehow Etzel and Lehi fealt they were above the law. Curious don't you think?


Yoni1

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 17:58

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BG was the head of the JA, not effing god almighty (although he certainly thought he was).


jose (not verified)

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 18:05

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Most terrorists were left-wing, before Islamic terrorism took over.
Meretz Israel is nothing, spell: n-o-t-h-i-n-g! But you can say that it is a crowd, as in "two is company three is a crowd".


amber

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 00:09

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So glad you realize that leftists murdered a whole group of fellow Jews Erdman, just because they weren't of the "correct" leftist mindset.

So your claim that the Right uses violence but not the Left is utter garbage, isn't it?


Yehuda Erdman

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 00:24

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Amber
Ben Gurion insisted there would be no private militias after the establishment of Israel. The left accepted this discipline but the right wing thought they would carry on under their own command. That way lies anarchy so Ben Gurion was right. He wasn't right about everything and he was not God as Yoni1 facetiously remarked, but on this point he was 100% on the nail.


Yoni1

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 00:29

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Err, try reading, Erdman, eh? I didn't say he was god. I said he thought he was god.
BG insisted, eh? And what the Supreme Glorious Leader wants, the Supreme Glorious Leader gets, eh, what?
It was despicable premeditated mass-murder.


amber

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 00:32

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Erdman, of course the left accepted it - Ben Gurion was one of them.

Glad you regard the murder of fellow Jews as the right course of action. And there you were spouting about how awful the right is, and how they use violence against the peace loving left.

What a load of crap.


Yoni1

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 00:33

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Also, in his megalomaniac and anti-democratic insistence on keeping Herut out of government, he turned large aspects of Israel into a fiefdom of the vile orthodox establishment, with the fascist Huebner ruling over people's marital lives. That was BG's legacy.


Yehuda Erdman

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 17:52

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Yoni1
Why should Ben Gurion include Herut in his government?
You have a very narrow view of Ben Gurion's legacy when most Israelis and Jews recognised he was the man of the hour who brought the state of Israel in to existence. Perhaps your prejudices have clouded your judgement?

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