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Israeli Civil Society organizations in the wake of attacks on against activists and organizations

Graffiti sprayed on the wall of the building where a Peace Now activist resides, 8 Nov. '11. Photo: Peace Now.We members of Israeli civil society express our solidarity with the activists and organizations who have been subjected to threats and acts of violence. These acts are intended to intimidate us all and silence our voices. We warn that the threat of violence was already realized in the past, demonstrating that such acts do not stop at the level of mere slogans. Those who uproot olive trees and burn mosques are liable to not refrain from inflicting bodily, even life-threatening harm on Palestinians and Israelis whose views and actions they consider objectionable.

In these days, when we commemorate the assassination of a Prime Minister because of his views, we raise our voices in protest and concern: the lesson has not been learned and no real attempt is made to bring the perpetrators to justice. It is not a matter for euphemisms such as “taking the law into one’s own hands,” or “a price tag.” Rather it is a matter of threats and acts of violence perpetrated by thugs encouraged by the inaction of the law enforcement authorities.

The authorities must take the threat seriously and fulfill their duty to protect Israeli activists and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and in Israel, in order to ensure that ideological disputes do not end in gun shots.

Signed by:

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

ASSAF - Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

The Association for Civil Right in Israel

Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights

Breaking the Silence

B'Tselem: the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

Coalition of Women for Peace

Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement

HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual

Ir Amim

IRAC – Israel Religious Action Center

Israeli Children

Kav LaOved (Workers' Hotline)

MachsomWatch

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel

The Public Committee against Torture in Israel

Rabbis for Human Rights

Yesh Din

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