The real terror of Palestinian civil society

(L to R): The directors of five Palestinian rights groups declared 'terrorist organizations' by Israel: Shawan Jabarin of Al-Haq, Ubai Al-Aboudi of Bisan Center, Fuad Abu Saif of UAWC, Sahar Francis of Addameer, and Khaled Quzmar of DCI-Palestine, in Ramalah, West Bank. Oct. 28, 2021. (Oren Ziv)

Israeli officials are terrified — not of militant groups firing weapons, but of millions of Palestinians and allies who are exposing the truth about the state’s oppression. Those officials are right to be scared: it is thanks to the mobilization of grassroots and civil society forces that media outlets are challenging Israel’s NGO assault, and that politicians are pressuring their capitals to back their rhetoric with action. For all its hubris, Israel remains fearful that a day will come when government allies will call out the state’s policies for what they are: political persecution by an apartheid regime. With every act of chutzpah, Israel may be bringing that day closer.

Source: The real terror of Palestinian civil society

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