Investigation? Investigate us all

Tue., January 4, 2011 – According to reports from yesterday (January 3), Yisrael Beiteinu is promoting a new initiative to establish a parliamentary commission of inquiry "to explore the activity of Israeli organizations involved in collecting information about soldiers and to investigate their financial sources". According to the report, "In the crosshairs are: B’Tselem, Machsom Watch and Breaking the Silence".

If B’Tselem, Machsom Watch and Breaking the Silence are "in the crosshairs", we are all in the crosshairs. You want to investigate? Investigate us all. We have nothing to hide. You are welcome to read our reports and publications and we would be glad if, for a change, you addressed our questions substantively instead of again trying to slander us. It has not worked before and it is going to fail this time again. When we are investigated we are going to remind you that:

– In a democracy, criticizing government policy is not only legitimate – it is essential.
– In a democracy, you do not persecute those who ask questions, you take stock and hold a substantive discussion.
– In a democracy, the protection of human rights is not subject to the tyranny of a passing parliamentary majority
– Human rights protect us all. Trampling them jeopardizes us all.

Signed:
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel
Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights
B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement
The Public Committee against Torture in Israel
Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights
HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual
Machsom Watch
Mossawa Center – The Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Ir Amim
The Coalition of Women for Peace
Kav LaOved – Workers’ Hotline
Physicians for Human Rights — Israel
Breaking the Silence