New Video Campaign Says Foreign-Funded Israeli NGOs ‘Abetting’ Palestinian Terrorists (VIDEO)
A new video clip produced by a social movement calling for the outlawing of left-wing activists operating as “foreign agents” was released on Tuesday, the Israeli news site Walla reported.
The short film, created by Im Tirtzu, a self-described “extra-parliamentary movement that works to strengthen and advance the values of Zionism in Israel,” presents four activists in organizations, including B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence, and accuses them of abetting Palestinian terrorism.
The clip was produced as part of a broader campaign by Im Tirtzu to call into question the operations of foreign-funded Israeli NGOs that have what the group calls an anti-Israel agenda, as The Algemeiner reported on Monday.
The clip is also apparently connected to a bill proposed Monday by Likud MK Yoav Kish, according to which Israeli NGOs receiving foreign funding to engage in subversive or hostile activity against the state will be marked as “agents” or “plants” and be subject to a fine and a petition by the Registrar of Non-Profit Organizations to the court to have them dissolved.
The Hebrew video (one version of which has English subtitles) opens with footage of a terrorist intending to commit a stabbing attack, while the narrator says: “Before the next terrorist stabs you, he already knows that Yishai Menuhin, a planted agent belonging to Holland, will make sure to protect him from a Shin Bet interrogation. The terrorist also knows that Avner Gvaryahu [from ‘Breaking the Silence,’] a planted agent from Germany, will call the soldier who tries to prevent the attack a ‘war criminal.’ He also knows that Sigi Ben-Ari, a planted agent belonging to Norway, will protect him in court. Before the next terrorist stabs you, he already knows that Hagai El-Ad [from B’Tselem], a planted agent belonging to the European Union, will call Israel a ‘war criminal.'”
At the end of the clip, the narrator says: “Hagai, Yishai, Avner and Sigi are Israelis. They live here with us and are implants. While we fight terror, they fight us. The ‘Planted’ law can outlaw them. Sign it.”
The video prompted an immediate response from members of the NGOs mentioned by Im Tirzu, and some of the individuals named in the clip as well.
Speaking to the UK Telegraph, Mehunin, the head of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, accused Im Tirzu of “doing the dirty work of the Right,” whose politicians “don’t want to dirty their hands so organisations like this do it instead.”
Hagai El-Ad, the director of the B’Tselem, also accused the government of being behind the extra-parliamentary group’s clip. “The voice is Im Tirtzu but the hands are of the government,” El-Ad told the Telegraph.