Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor LiebermanÂ has asked Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to investigate rights group BâTselem for asking Israeli soldiers not to kill Gaza protesters.
In a tweet, Liberman urged the state to âprobe the heads of BâTselem for incitement to disobedience after their call for soldiers to refuse orders in defending the border.â
âThis 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,â he says. âWe will put an end to this.â
BâTselem 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 Israelâs penal code, and Liebermanâs efforts to have the group investigated are without merit.
âThe defense minister is the one inciting to break the law, and itâs good that the attorney general will now have the opportunity to officially determine this,â BâTselem says, according to Days of Palestine.
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