Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor LiebermanÂ has asked Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to investigate rights group Bâ€™Tselem for asking Israeli soldiers not to kill Gaza protesters.
In a tweet, Liberman urged the state to â€śprobe the heads of Bâ€™Tselem for incitement to disobedience after their call for soldiers to refuse orders in defending the border.â€ť
â€śThis 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€ť he says. â€śWe will put an end to this.â€ť
Bâ€™Tselem 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 Israelâ€™s penal code, and Liebermanâ€™s efforts to have the group investigated are without merit.
â€śThe defense minister is the one inciting to break the law, and itâ€™s good that the attorney general will now have the opportunity to officially determine this,â€ť Bâ€™Tselem says, according to Days of Palestine.
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