GERMAN President FrankWalter Steinmeier declined to meet Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence yesterday in an attempt to appease Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.
Mr Netanyahu refused to receive Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel a fortnight ago after he met representatives of the group, composed of former Israeli Defence Forces members who gather and publish testimony from fellow soldiers about abuse of and violence towards Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Mr Netanyahu’s administration has denounced the whistleblowing organisation as a subversive outfit in receipt of foreign funding which seeks to defame Israel.
Organisation founder Yehuda Shaul said his motivation was refusing “to accept that the only way I will be allowed to implement my right to self-determination is if I strip my neighbours, the Palestinians, of the exact same right I demand for myself.”
Irish republican prisoners in Maghaberry Jail sent a message of solidarity yesterday to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.
“We support the demands of our Palestinian comrades for humane and dignified treatment while being held captive by the illegitimate zionist oppressors,” the statement said.