Fisher-Ilan begins her damage control effort on behalf of Chazan by lumping together the NGOs funded by the NIF under the righteous banner "civil rights groups". So characterized, they are of course beyond reproach -- precisely the notion Chazan is peddling:
Got that? According to Chazan, and parroted by Fisher-Ilan, "human rights groups" must be above criticism or the foundations of a democratic society are at risk. Funny, we always had the impression that criticism was an essential component of a democratic society. Apparently, not when it is the left-wing being criticized.In an interview with Reuters, Chazan said she saw a "very, very dangerous process" under way in Israel, where human rights groups such as hers were increasingly targeted for criticism... "The very pillars of democratic society are being assailed and we have to be very concerned about that," said the former left-wing Meretz party legislator.
Yes, Israel has dismissed the Goldstone report as biased for any one of a hundred reasons and as Im Tirtzu has noted, 191 of 207 negative references to the Israeli army and government appearing in the report were supplied by organizations receiving NIF money. In view of the fact that the NIF bankrolls groups like Adalah which advocates for the return of millions of Palestinian Arab "refugees" to Israel -- neatly eradicating the Jewish state -- supporters of Israel might be on the right track criticizing the NIF for funding this type of anti-Israel activity.Goldstone's report found evidence of war crimes by both Israel and Hamas Islamists in the three-week Israeli offensive in Gaza, in which over 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed... But it put most of the blame on Israel, stoking worldwide criticism of the Jewish state's behaviour in the war. Israel has dismissed the report as biased and supporters are lashing out at left-wing groups who had a role in Goldstone's work.
Fisher-Ilan then takes a stab at persuading readers with the bandwagon logical fallacy:
Er, citing Human Rights Watch may not be the most effective way to make the case for democratic ideals. And as we noted here, these "peace activists" are anything but.Left-wing activists in Israel and abroad, joined by New York-based Human Rights Watch, have rallied behind Chazan, denouncing the criticism of her and the arrests of peace activists at recent protests as "an affront to democracy."
Then, there's a red herring:
As is the left-wing.The right wing is well represented in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition.
No. Israelis have been arguing for and against surrendering unallocated land won in a defensive war to a group of people sworn to their destruction for the promise of peace.Right and left-wing Israelis have been arguing for decades for and against withdrawing from occupied Palestinian land for peace.
Fisher-Ilan continues with another mischaracterization:
No. The probe is intended to expose and monitor those Israeli NGOs of any flavor that receive large sums of money from foreign governments and organizations.A separate Israeli legislative probe has been launched into funding for non-government groups, seen as targeting human rights organisations in particular.
Yes, after she threatened to sue the paper.The English-language Jerusalem Post, meanwhile, has cancelled Chazan's biweekly column.
Ah, but it has.Chazan criticised the Israeli government's refusal to cooperate with Goldstone and said Israel should launch its own investigation into the Gaza war
We recommend Allyn have a soothing Chamomile tea and catch up with her horoscope.