“Our voice is essential for the country to function better, to be more just”

December 12, 2013. Gisha Executive Director Adv. Sari Bashi in an interview for International Human Rights Day on "Northern View", Radio Kol Yizrael 106 FM.
From the interview:
There has to be a mechanism for constructive criticism.  It’s often the case that when we criticize a certain Israeli policy, it changes. That’s the beauty of democracy. I think that often we point to flaws and once they come up for public debate, they get corrected. Sometimes they even get corrected at the level of the military. For instance: for a few months, the Ministry of Interior tried to force Israeli citizens who live in the Gaza Strip to undergo genetic testing in order to enter Israel. We petitioned against this policy. It was ridiculous, because its main purpose was to deny Arab citizens their basic right to enter their own country. After the work we did to fight this policy, the Ministry of Interior let it go. Sometimes, the change comes through public debate, and sometimes it comes after things are brought to the attention of more senior ranking state officials, but the change does come. This is why our voice – and not just Gisha’s, but all human rights organizations in general – is essential for the country to function better, to be more just.

For the full interview (Hebrew)