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Netanyahu slams B’Tselem as ‘disgrace’ ahead of NGO director’s Security Council appearance

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded the internationally-respected human rights NGO B’Tselem a “disgrace” last night, following news that the Israeli organisation will address the United Nations Security Council later this week.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Netanyahu lashed out at B’tselem during a talk at a gathering of Christian supporters of Israel in Jerusalem.

“How do I define B’Tselem? It’s a disgrace that is how I define B’Tselem,” the premier said.

As reported by Israel Hayom, B’Tselem Director Hagai El-Ad will address the Security Council on Thursday, as a representative of civil society. The invitation was extended by Bolivia, who currently holds the rotating presidency of the council.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, also attacked the move, stating that it was not just a “disgrace for the organisation, but also the crossing of red lines by foreign countries with an anti-Israel agenda, which finance and invite him to provide ‘evidence’ against us”.

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