The leader of the nationalist pro-Israel advocacy group, Im Tirtzu, threatened the founder of a mocking Facebook group with libel and court action. Ronen Shoval is the founder of the Israeli NGO, which smeared New Israel Fund chair, Naomi Hazan, depicting her with a rhinoceros horn in demeaning newspaper advertisements. Im Tirtzu’s intent was the assault NIF for it’s alleged role in coordinating Israeli human right testimony that buttressed the Goldstone Report.
Shoval wrote an intimidating e mail to Roy Yellin, who created the Facebook group, Im Tirtzu is Fascist warning that if he didn’t close the Facebook group in 72 hours he would haul him to court. Yellin, a former spokesperson for the Meretz party, mocked Shoval’s threat and responded that he’d meet him in court and prove the charges true. This is the type of penny ante harrassment for which the Israeli far-right is well known. In fact it’s astonishing that Shoval would waste his time with this, all the while proving how little respect he has for freedom of speech, a supposed hallmark of Israeli democracy. Not to mention drawing attention to Im Tirtzu is Fascist.
I invite you to join 2,000 2,300 other members of Im Tirtzu is Fascist and tell Shoval where he can take himself. The founder of Im Tirtzu was at one time leader of the pro-settler student group, Orange Cell, but now claims he is a man of the “center.” Considering there no longer is a viable left in Israeli politics, he may not be far wrong.