Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor LiebermanĀ has asked Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to investigate rights group BāTselem for asking Israeli soldiers not to kill Gaza protesters.
In a tweet, Liberman urged the state to āprobe the heads of BāTselem for incitement to disobedience after their call for soldiers to refuse orders in defending the border.ā
āThis subversive and impermanent organisation, together with those who hate Israel and the international media who are trying to delegitimize our soldiers who are acting in a legal and moral manner in a complicated situation,ā he says. āWe will put an end to this.ā
BāTselem hit back at Lieberman, stressing that live fire to disperse demonstrators is illegal under Israeli law.
In a statement, the human rights group said that the order violates Section 110 of Israelās penal code, and Liebermanās efforts to have the group investigated are without merit.
āThe defense minister is the one inciting to break the law, and itās good that the attorney general will now have the opportunity to officially determine this,ā BāTselem says, according to Days of Palestine.
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