B’tSelem is a left-wing political organization posing as a human rights group, and should be treated as such, but leftist Europe prefers to keep the thin veneer of NGO for ‘BS’ because it provides them with a clever, convenient shield for being anti-Israeli. KGS
Our World: Defending Israeli democracy
By CAROLINE B. GLICK
US Embassy cables leaked by Wikileaks in September exposed the ugly truth that self-described champions of Israeli democracy would like us to forget about the actual goals of Israel’s self-described human rights organizations.
In a meeting with then US Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv in January 2010, B’Tselem director Jessica Montell explained what her group wished to achieve by colluding with the UN’s Goldstone Commission’s inquiry into Israel’s handling of Operation Cast Lead. According to the embassy report, Montell said, “Her aim…was to make Israel weigh world opinion and consider whether it could ‘afford another operation like this.’”
In other words, in colluding with the UN’s anti-Israel commission, whose mandate from the UN Human Rights Council was to explain how Israel broke international law by acting to defend its citizens from Hamas’s illegal, indiscriminate missile assault, B’Tselem’s goal was to undermine Israel’s ability to defend itself. B’Tselem wished to use the UN commission to foment an international witch-hunt against the Jewish state that would exact a prohibitive price for defending the country. Israel’s democratically elected government would react to the international onslaught by ignoring the needs of the Israeli public and opting not to defend the country again.