Israel is in an uproar following a damning news report Friday which aired on Channel 2 Israel’s highly-respected Uvda program, on which secretly recorded video tapes revealed that Nasser Nawaja (pictured above), a Palestinian leader of left-wing human rights organization B’Tselem, and Ezra Nawi, a Jewish Israeli activist in an organization named Ta’ayush, conspired to entrap Palestinians interested in selling land to Israelis, and led them to their deaths.
“Straight away I give their pictures and phone numbers to the Preventive Security Force,” Nawi is recorded saying, reporting Arabs who wish to sell land to the Jews to the Palestinian Authority’s counterintelligence unit – a certain death sentence.
Nawi continues, “The Palestinian Authority catches them and kills them. But before it kills them, they get beat up a lot.” Nawi, together with Nawaja, a B’Tselem leader, boasted of having worked with the Palestinian Authority in passing along names of Arabs to the PA, knowing they would be killed.
Across the political spectrum there is outrage. Former Israeli Security Agency head MK Avi Dichter has asked for criminal investigations to be opened against these individuals for accessory to murder.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that this news program “unmasked radicals among us, whose hatred for settlements has pushed them over the edge to the point of delivering innocents for torture and execution. Those who encourage murder cannot continue to hide behind the hypocritical pretense of caring for human rights.”
Ezra Nawi has a history of run-ins with law enforcement for various incitements and assaults on Israeli police and military forces, usually associated with anti-Israel advocacy. He was convicted and imprisoned for statutory rape in 1995, for having sex with an underage Palestinian boy.
Amazingly, B'Tselem, a favored grantee of the American non-profit organization The New Israel Fund, defended the action portrayed on today’s show, claiming that “This is the only legitimate channel for a Palestinian.”
Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett accused the New Israel Fund and the European Union of funding Israeli human rights activists who turn in innocent Palestinians, and later urged foreign ambassadors to Israel to stop transferring funds to these organizations. (Both, B’Tselem and Ta’ayush receive funding from France and the United Kingdom, as well as from American Jews.)
Ta’ayush has in the past partnered with Rabbis for Human Rights – of which Rabbi Gordon Tucker of Temple Israel of White Plains is a donor - to bring “hundreds of volunteers to work side-by-side with Palestinian farmers during Olive Harvest campaign.”
Science Minister MK Ofir Akunis said that the report is "another dangerous expression of the escalation of the extreme left,” and “proof of the processes of radicalization and anti-Israel activity among leftist organizations."
It is believed that additional secret recordings which were made by a right-wing NGO were turned over to government officials.