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Dutch government financed B’Tselem report attacking Supreme Court

The Dutch government commissioned and financed a B’Tselem report attacking the Israeli Supreme Court about its decisions and construction planning in the West Bank, according to a copy of the document detailing the agreement.

The agreement states that, according to the Dutch government, “the situation [in Israel] of human rights developments, rights of women, the most serious violations and freedom of expression are all under pressure,” and the left-wing NGO’s activity “feeds very well into the Dutch priority of supporting ‘change agents.'”

B’Tselem received some 176,000 euros from the Dutch government to compose the report that would include criticism of Supreme Court decisions under the headline “Expulsion of Palestinian Communities from Their Land.”

The report by B’Tselem was released last week and painted the Supreme Court as “being part of the occupation,” and enabling the “violations of human rights by granting judicial legitimacy to Israeli policy.”

B’Tselem was to pen a report about the role of the Supreme Court in the expulsion of Palestinian communities, mainly in the Jordan Valley, the southern Hebron Hills and in the Ma’aleh Adumim area, as a “test case” for the Dutch government, the agreement revealed.

It also underscored that the Dutch government not only financed the report, but also specified the report’s goals and what it aimed to create with it; to “erode the status quo by challenging the principal mechanisms that maintain the occupation, and by calling for international action to end the occupation,” and “efforts to erode the image that Israel seeks to promote of a clean and lawful occupation.”

The agreement said that broader political instability in the Middle East cultivate a “fear of change” among the Israeli public, which accepted the occupation and human rights violations that go with it as a “necessary evil.” 

The Dutch government also blamed a “political climate that is dominated by right wing politicians and with strong influence from the pro-settler camp” for Israeli public perception.

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Article source: https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Dutch-government-financed-BTselem-report-attacking-Supreme-Court-report-580304

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