A democracy increasingly in name only

The Israeli government’s decision to target NGOs that criticise its behaviour towards the Palestinians is given appropriate context by leading peace activist Jeff Halper:

Every dictator, from Hitler to Milosevic, has said that there must be no interference in their sovereign affairs, and that everyone else should butt out. But international law says human rights are universal and cannot be left to individual governments to interpret. The idea behind the Geneva Conventions is that the international community has a duty to be the watchdog on human rights abuses wherever they occur.

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