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Canadian official ‘repudiates’ B’Tselem’s funding

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We keep posting about Israel’s crackdown on dissident groups that question militant and racist policies. It has threatened to cut off foreign funds to B’Tselem, for instance, the human-rights organization. And there is a smear campaign against the New Israel Fund, in what the fund calls "a coordinated attempt to de-legitimize civil society, repress the activities of the human rights community and weaken Israeli democracy." New Israel Fund has given grants to B’Tselem, too. 

It’s happening in Canada, too. A Canadian official is reportedly "repudiating" the country’s grant to B’Tselem. CBC News in Canada reports that "Rights and Democracy," a Canadian federal agency with an $11 million budget that is supposed to "encourage democracy and monitor human rights around the world," is turning the screws: 

He also said he thinks two of the organizations that got grants — Al Haq and Al Mezan — have links to terrorism. The third group, B’Tselem, which is Israeli, is biased and undeserving of funding, Braun said.

The Star reports: "45 of 47 staff at the agency demanded the resignation of Braun…"

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