Land-sale ‘in­former’ storm

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ANSHEL PFEFFER

THE IS­RAELI hu­man rights com­mu­nity and the rad­i­cal left are in an up­roar over a TV re­port in which a vet­eran Is­raeli cam­paigner for Pales­tinian rights is seen tak­ing pride in telling the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity about Arabs sell­ing land to Is­raelis — in­for­ma­tion that was likely to lead to their ex­e­cu­tion.

Ezra Nawi, one of the founders of Ta’ayush, a group of Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans op­er­at­ing against set­tle­ment ac­tiv­ity in the He­bron area, says on cam­era: “I im­me­di­ately hand their pic­tures and phone num­bers to the [Pales­tinian] Preven­tive Se­cu­rity. The au­thor­ity catches them and kills them. But be­fore they kill them, they beat them up a lot.”

The footage, which was aired on the Uvda in­ves­tiga­tive pro­gramme on Chan­nel Two, was col­lected by a rightwing group that had pen­e­trated Is­raeli hu­man-rights or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Nei­ther the right-wing or­gan­i­sa­tion nor the Uvda jour­nal­ists could ver­ify whether Mr Nawi was telling the truth and had ac­tu­ally caused the deaths.

The footage was con­demned across the political spec­trum. How­ever, politi­cians on the left said that it was an at­tempt­bysome­on­therightto“smear” the en­tire hu­man rights move­ment.

On Mon­day, po­lice ar­rested Mr Nawi at Ben Gu­rion air­port. Mr Nawi said that the Pales­tinian he re­ported to the PA had been “try­ing to li­bel me among Pales­tini­ans, so I had no choice but to re­port him to the au­thor­ity so I wouldn’t be con­sid­ered a land-buyer”.

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