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New Israel Fund CEO: PM Cares More About Blacklisting Rights Groups Than Israeli Interests


CONTACT: Sharon Goldtzvik
202.500.6362 phone

26 April 2017

Today, in response to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s cancellation of a meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel because the Foreign Minister planned to meet with Israeli human rights groups, including New Israel Fund (NIF) grantees, Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the NIF, released the following statement:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu seems to care more about isolating human rights groups who oppose the occupation than he does about Israel’s most important diplomatic interests and relationships.

“This is the latest attempt by Netanyahu and his political allies to pit Israelis against one another, to blacklist Israeli human rights champions, and to silence those who oppose the occupation. That’s unconscionable for Israel’s prime minister, and simply very bad for Israel.”

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