Lieberman: Leftist organizations support terror
Before probe has even begun, foreign minister already knows what outcome will be. At party factions meeting Lieberman defends decision to investigate leftist organizations, attacks right wing MKs who voted against decision: Some people are bleeding hearts, betraying national camp
Last week the Knesset approved the Yisrael Beiteinu proposal to establish an inquiry committee which would examine the activity and funding of left wing organizations, but it seems that Party Chairman Avigdor Lieberman doesn't need an inquiry.
During a faction meeting Monday, Lieberman said, "These organizations are terror supporters whose only goal is to weaken the IDF, weaken its resolve to defend the citizens of Israel."
Lieberman attacked those criticizing the inquiry committee decision and said that there was "a lot of mudslinging and disinformation spread around in an attempt to shut people's mouths. People tried to make a false and fact-less presentation in the most aggressive and blatant way."
According to Lieberman, the inquiry committee wouldn't focus on leftist organizations like the Geneva Initiative or Peace Now, who "have a political opinion that is entirely legitimate even if I don't accept it." Rather, he said, it would focus on organizations whose goal was to deter the IDF."
The FM went on to name the organizations he believes should be investigated. "I'll begin with Ittijah - Union of Arab Community Based Associations. It was founded in 1995, and its director was Ameer Makhoul. The New Profile movement does not have a proper management license from the Registrar of Companies, and its financial report on donations it received this past year was not submitted."
Lieberman said Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel – last submitted a financial report in 2007 and also does not hold a proper management license. "In that report, the organization said it received donations from abroad, including from the Swiss government, but a letter written by its director states that the organization did not receive any donations from foreign elements," he said.
Next on Lieberman's list was the Public Committee Against torture in Israel. The FM noted that following Operation Cast Lead, when the Goldstone committee was blaming Israel for carrying out war crimes in the Gaza strip, its members were appealed to by some of the organizations he had already listed and wrote "of the bombings aimed at mosques, schools and homes, claiming that they were used to store weapons.|
"The Goldstone report mentioned B'Tselem 56 times and Adalah 48 times. According to Im Tirtzu, 92% of the quotes against Israel come from organizations supported by the New Israel Fund."
Addressing leftist allegations of McCarthyism Lieberman said that "some people are bleeding hearts and harm the national camp". "Some leaders in the Right have become leftist proxies. They would do anything to serve the Left, and are betraying the national camp," he added.
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