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In B'Tselem, We Believed the Israeli Public Needs to Know

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Tuesday is International Human Rights Day, and at the Einav Culture Center in Tel Aviv there will be an evening marking the 30th anniversary of B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. The idea for the organization came from former lawmaker David “Dedi” Zucker and lawyer Avigdor Feldman, who recognized the need for a center that would provide information about human rights violations in the territories.

Yossi Sarid came up with the name, in a typical flash of inspiration. Professor Uriel Procaccia was the first chairman of the board, and I was one of the founders and the first executive director. We weren’t thinking 30 years ahead. We believed that the Israeli public just had to know what was being done in its name.

How wrong we were. B’Tselem was established as a response to a question that is still tearing the Israeli public apart: What should you do when your country commits an injustice. Not a random injustice, not a mistake, not a blind bureaucratic decision, but an ongoing, deliberate policy that treats human beings like something to be trampled.........

© Haaretz