Gov’t axes volunteer program for Israeli rights NGOs cited in Gaza report

National Service volunteer slots at left-wing organizations that were cited in the UN report on Israel’s war in Gaza last summer are to be removed, as per the directive released on Tuesday by Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) Ariel is also in charge of the National Service Administration.

The directive was sent to Sar-Shalom Djerbi, chairman of the National Service Administration, just one day after the publication of the UN Human Rights Council report on Operation Protective Edge.

The report drew sharp criticism from head of the Bayit Yehudi party, Education Minister Naftali Bennett in the Knesset on Monday, who pointed out that the UN had used testimony from left wing Israeli organizations like B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence to compile the report.


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