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Fathom Highlight | Two views on human rights organisations in Israel / 15 August / 2017

Our Fathom Highlight this week is two views on human rights organisations in Israel. Fathom editor, Professor Alan Johnson spoke with B’Tselem director Hagai El-Ad earlier this year about the work of his organisation and the contested relationship between politics and human rights advocacy, while the academic, writer, and film-maker Gadi Taub offers a critical perspective on Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem in the context of ‘the Gabriel Affair’ – when German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel decided in April to meet with those organisations even at the expense of a meeting with the Israeli prime minister.

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A question of moral responsibility: an interview with Hagai El-Ad of B’Tselem

by Hagai El-Ad

Hagai El-Ad is the Executive Director of B'Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Alan Johnson is the editor of Fathom. The pair sat down earlier this year for an in-depth discussion. What does El-Ad think has been the impact of the occupation not just on the Palestinians but on Israeli democracy and society? Why does B’Tselem insist that the occupation is a human rights issue? How does he understand the relationship between politics...

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Human Rights and German-Israeli relations after the Gabriel Affair
by Gadi Taub

In April 2017 the social democratic German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel decided to meet with Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem, two Israeli NGOs, while he...

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