The Dutch government has criticised the conduct of pro-Israel advocacy group NGO Monitor, singling out the unreliability of their accusations against human rights defenders. Responding to a parliamentary question, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok stated that the Netherlands is "concerned about the shrinking civil space in Israel", and "therefore consistently brings this matter up in conversations with Israeli authorities". In recent years, Israeli politicians have pursued legislation that targets, as well as publicly incited against, organisations focusing on Israel's military occupation and the violation of Palestinian rights. The Israeli government's attacks on human rights defenders are aided by organisations such as NGO Monitor, which in particular lobby European authorities to cease funding such human rights groups. NGO: Israel forces killed … Continue reading Dutch government criticises pro-Israel lobby group NGO Monitor's 'half-facts and insinuations'
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