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Prove that you don’t have a sister

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The Hebrew expression “prove that you don’t have a sister” is commonly used to describe situations where an allegation is made without any evidence, and it becomes incumbent upon the subject of the allegation to prove that it’s false. It is basically the opposite of “innocent until proven guilty.” This reflects the situation of the six Palestinian NGOs designated by the Israeli Defense Ministry as terrorist organizations, supposedly because of ties to the PFLP. No substantiated proof of the charges has been offered, and US and European officials have commented that they have yet to see evidence that would support Israel’s claim.

Israel has told the concerned Americans and Europeans that it has the proof but has yet to show it. Meanwhile, the accusation itself has already produced the chilling effect that was one of the government’s objectives in making it – hesitancy on the part of the Europeans to continue transferring funds to the organizations in question.

The NGOs, of course, have the option of putting their case before the........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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