Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman asked Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to investigate rights group B’Tselem for asking Israeli soldiers not to kill Gaza protesters.
In a tweet, Liberman urged the state to “probe the heads of B’Tselem for incitement to disobedience after their call for soldiers to refuse orders in defending the border.”
“This subversive and impermanent organisation, together with those who hate Israel and the international media who are trying to delegitimise our soldiers who are acting in a legal and moral manner in a complicated situation,” he says. “We will put an end to this.”
B’Tselem hits back at Liberman, stressing that live fire to disperse demonstrators is illegal under Israeli law.
In a statement, the left-wing human rights group said the order violates Section 110 of Israel’s penal code, and Liberman’s efforts to have the group investigated are without merit.
“The defence minister is the one inciting to break the law, and it’s good that the attorney general will now have the opportunity to officially determine this,” B’Tselem says.