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B’Tselem slammed over UN appearance

An Israeli human rights group has caused a furore, for lambasting Jerusalem’s policies from the podium of the UN Security Council. 

The anti-settlement group B’Tselem joined “the choir of slander against Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fumed, and as far as Itzik Shmueli of the dovish Zionist Union was concerned, it helped to advance “the libel and demonisation of Israel”.

B’Tselem’s director Hagai El-Ad addressed the Security Council for more than 20 minutes, urging its members to take the situation into their own hands and push Israel to end what he called “the injustice known as the occupation of Palestine”. 

He spoke at a meeting, convened by Egypt and other critics of Israel with the brief of discussing settlements as “the obstacle to peace and a two-state solution.” 

Read the full article by Nathan Jeffay at the Australian Jewish News.