Daily Israel Report

Human Rights Activists Ban ‘Settlers’ at Protest March

Activists have drawn the ‘red line’ at the Green Line to ban a Yesha rights newspaper at a march on behalf of people’s’ rights. “It’s propaganda.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedlyahu
First Publish: 12/13/2009, 6:33 PM

A newspaper disclosing violations of human rights in Judea and Samaria, which are beyond the 1948-1967 "Green Line," was termed “propaganda” and banned during a human rights march in Tel Aviv on Friday. The newspaper, called My Israel, includes reports of the denial of rights to Gush Katif expulsion victims and evidence of police violence against peaceful sit-in demonstrators at the Amona expulsion three years ago.

Nochi Ayal, an official of the newspaper, told Arutz 7 that he and other representatives of the newspaper decided not to argue with the organizers, who threatened to call for the police to arrive. The newspaper was distributed outside the area of the march.

“The ban shows the hypocrisy and lack of professionalism of the same people who pride themselves for defending human rights but leave behind their own political agenda,” Ayal said.

More than 100 different groups were represented in the march, most of them left-wing organizations, he noted.

Ayal explained that by increasing the number of groups, the activists receive more media exposure. "When every representative of each organization receives two minutes to speak, it amounts to a lot of time,” according to Ayal. He added that activists on behalf of all the Land of Israel are now using the same tactic and are establishing several groups, each one with a different emphasis.

He also commented that the left-wing groups have an advantage of receiving wide financial support from the European Union.