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  • Right-wing group seeks to dismantle Israeli NGO dedicated to Palestinian return

    Just weeks after it was deemed to have 'fascist characteristics,' nationalist group Im Tirtzu tries to shut down Zochrot for allegedly 'rejecting the existence of the State of Israel.' Right-wing group Im Tirtzu is attempting to shut down Zochrot, a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to raising awareness of the Nakba in Israeli society, and working toward the return of Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled by Israeli forces in 1948. According to the Israeli news site Kipa [Hebrew], Im Tirtzu leader Ronen Shoval sent a letter to the head of Israel's NGO registry, claiming that Zochrot's activity contradicts section 49…

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  • No, democracy isn't the right of the majority to squelch dissent

    By Naomi Paiss To some, the controversy over the firing of Adar Cohen, the Education Ministry bureaucrat in charge of civics education, may be no more than a footnote in the cultural and political wars roiling Israel. In my professional position, running communications for the New Israel Fund, I might agree. My job requires me to sort through the multiple threats to democracy, civil rights and pluralism in Israel. So if someone asked me to advocate for one man who lost his job, I’d be dubious. But a confluence of the professional and personal leads me to confront the issues…

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  • Ultra-nationalist leader invokes Assad's victims to defend Israel

    Im Tirtzu, the ultra-nationalist organization whose main activity has involved witch-hunt campaigns against Israeli civil society and academia, has hit upon a new angle that it believes will save Israel, which one of its leaders unveiled in an op ed in Haaretz on Monday (Hebrew): expose human rights violations in the Arab and Muslim world! The first sign of the latest campaign was a surreal invitation to Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to join Im Tirtzu in a demonstration against the horrific massacres in Syria. PHR was disgusted, and wrote back: It's very clear that you have  no intention of…

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  • Did rightist NGO leader admit to being inspired by fascist thinkers?

    As Im Tirzu takes its opponents to court, a troubling picture of the inspiration of its leader emerges Yesterday, the defense in the trial of Im Tirzu vs. the Facebook group “Im Tirzu – a fascist movement” presented its depositions. The plaintiff is the infamous right-wing group, the defendants are a group of leftist activists, the issue is libel. It began in 2010 when Ronen Shoval, chairman of Im Tirzu, sent the following email to Roy Yellin, who started the group: Hello Roy, From perusal of the Facebook page “Im Tirzu – a Fascist movement” it seems you created it.…

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  • Im Tirzu’s Iranian connection

    Ronen Shoval, Im Tirzu’s chairman, claims to be an uber-patriot. So why does he partner with a company dealing with enemy countries? By Itamar Sha'altiel and Yossi Gurvitz. An earlier version of this report appeared here (Hebrew). As part of their vendetta against human rights organizations, Im Tirzu published a report, which pretends to investigate the source of those organizations’ funding. It was said before that the whole report is based on Google searches and public statements by the HR organizations themselves; and Google is, indeed, an excellent investigative tool. For instance, Google allows us to find the connection between Ronen…

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  • Im Tirzu founder's strange fruit: Israeli democracy

    Ronen, I am the person who was talking to a friend of yours at the human rights rally a few weeks ago. Your Im Tirzu group was hanging out behind the other demonstrators, calling for human rights for Israelis too, said the young man, for settlers and the people of Sderot. He was a nice kid, I was rapping with him, trying to understand him. We had a good rapport. Then you suddenly noticed us. You walked over with a tense look on your face and asked him who he was talking to – then asked me if I was…

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