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The video portrays Menuhin as a “shatul” working for Holland; Gvaryahu for Germany; Ben Ari for Norway and El-Ad for the European Union. So they are not only accessories to murder, they are foreign agents, as the video states, working for foreign governments. Hostile and evil foreign governments, of course. 
Im Tirtzu is an obnoxious, fascist incline
organisation, which has outed some of the more prominent progressive Zionists
in Israel.  Some of Israel’s cultural
elite.  It has been met with a furious
response by virtually the whole of the Zionist spectrum including even Naftali
Bennett of the far-right HaBayit Hayehudi.
Naomi Hazan, CEO of the liberal Zionist group New Israel Fund, is pilloried as a traitor by Im Tirtzu and decorated with horns.  NIF funds groups like B’tselem, Breaking the Silence and other human rights groups
But what has been taking place in Israel in recent
months is a wholesale attack on Israeli dissidents and leftists.  There have been unremitting attacks on Breaking the Silence a soldiers
group which has lifted the lid on the brutality of Israel’s actions in Gaza and
the West Bank.  It has not only been
assailed by the usual suspects but by the ‘centrist’ Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid
and the Israeli Labour Party.  There is
at the moment passing through the Knesset a bill which forces leftist NGO’s
such as B’tselem to divulge foreign sources of funding whilst, at the same
time, protecting right-wing NGO’s, like Im Tirtzu from having to divulge their
usually private sources of finance.
Screen print of Israeli ‘traitors’ in Im Tirtzu video above
Im Tirtzu has in the past been praised by Netanyahu
who encouraged people to donate to it. 
This is one of those periodic bouts of breast beating and morality fits
by the Zionist spectrum which thinks that if it berates the most outlandish of Israel’s
fascist groups it therebty cleanses itself. 
The reality is that Im Tirtzu only operates in the sewers that Likud has
itself dredged.   When people like ‘culture’
Minister Miri Regev introduce bills to deny funding to any artistic or cultural
group that doesn’t toe the nationalist line, when supporters of BDS are banned
even from the country and when Palestinians find their homes confiscated by
legal trickery, with the approval of the Supreme Court, then this Zionist self-indulgence
should be seen for what it is.
Tony Greenstein

Writer Amos Oz [above, giving a public reading in Tel Aviv] is one of the ‘cultural elite’ identified by Im Tirtzu as ‘moles’ in or traitors to the state of Israel. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Tirtzu blasted over campaign listing members of Israel’s cultural elite who have
expressed support for left-wing causes
Tamar Pileggi, Times of Israel
January 28, 2016

controversy-courting right-wing group Im Tirtzu faced a torrent of criticism on
Thursday [Jan 28th] over a new campaign that singles out Israeli artists and performers
associated with left-wing organizations.
campaign, launched on Wednesday and titled “Moles
in Culture
,” features a list of artists that includes a number of
well-known Israeli authors, actors and musicians — writers Amos Oz, David
Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua, actress Gila Almagor, and singers Rona Keinan and
Chava Alberstein are featured — accusing them of being “moles” who support
left-wing groups that receive some of their funding from foreign governments.
Im Tirtzu campaign extends a drive by the group in late 2015 to accuse leading
figures in Israel’s human rights organizations of being “moles” operated by foreign countries.
Im Tirtzu’s director, Matan Peleg
Im Tirtzu’s director, Matan Peleg, maintained in interviews on Thursday that
the campaign was a merely a consciousness-raising effort, artists and lawmakers
hit back at the group, calling it “fascist
and its campaign inciting and slanderous.

out so-called traitors is an old-fashioned fascist technique that is both ugly
and dangerous
Benny Begin
of the most vociferous responses in the Knesset came from Benny Begin, a
veteran lawmaker from the right-wing Likud Party, who accused Im Tirtzu of
fascism and called the new campaign “a new level of ugly.”

“There is an effort here to replace the word ‘mole’
with the word ‘traitor,’”
he told Israel Radio
on Thursday. “The singling out of
so-called traitors is an old-fashioned fascist technique that is both ugly and

Likud MK Benny Begin during a Likud party meeting at
the Knesset, May 25, 2015. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
the son of the late former prime minister Menachem Begin, called for an
investigation into Im Tirtzu’s financial backers so that Israel could rid
itself “of this evil.”
prominent right-wing lawmakers also pummelled the campaign, including Jewish
Home party chairman Naftali Bennett, who called it “embarrassing and unnecessary.”
Sarit Vino-Elad, who was also on Im Tirtzu’s list, told Channel 2 on Thursday
morning that she feared the discourse could lead to violence. “Blood may be spilled over this,” she
said. “I’m sure that all of this will end
in violence somehow — we are not far away from that at all.”
assigned officials in Israel’s right-wing government a large share of the
responsibility for “delegitimizing
the left. “This crazy incitement doesn’t
just happen behind the closed doors of the Knesset, but openly, in committee
meetings and plenum discussions,”
she said.
veteran actress and satirist Rivka Michaeli said the campaign stigmatized
entire groups of people for their political beliefs. “I do hope the people of Israel will wake up and realize the greatest
divisions in this country’s history could be done in the name of nationalism,”

she said.
Senator McCarthy and his disciple Matan Peleg, head of the far-right Im Tirtzu.
Others singled out by the group seemed less concerned for their safety. “I take a dump on Im Tirtzu’s head,”
Globes journalist Dror Feuer tweeted. “I’m
proud to be on the list and proud to have attended a Breaking the Silence
” Breaking the Silence is a group that encourages IDF veterans to
reveal abuses against Palestinians they either witnessed or were party to while
serving in the army.

Tirtzu’s campaign will see billboards across the country linking artists with
the groups they have expressed support for, and the release of a report listing
hundreds of individuals the group considers to be left-wing.
Union’s Stav Shaffir was among the battery of lawmakers who denounced the
campaign. She said Im Tirtzu “undermines
the foundations of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state”
and should be
outlawed for “incitement.”
Atid party chairman called members of the organization “extremists who are out of their minds” and said its “campaign of hatred incites violence and
crosses a red line.”
the Im Tirtzu director, rebuffed claims the campaign amounted to a political
witch hunt, telling Israel Radio Thursday that the public had the right to know
the political affiliations of its entertainers.

“I want the public to know that Gila Almagor is a
member of B’Tselem,”
he said, linking one of Israel’s most respected
stage and screen actresses to a human rights group that often criticizes the
government’s policies toward Palestinians in the West Bank.
critics of Im Tirtzu likened its actions to those of Senator Joseph McCarthy,
who led a state-sponsored campaign against alleged American Communists in the
1950s, singling out many members of the government and cultural elite as Soviet
agents and agitators as well as denouncing homosexuals. The vast majority of
the accusations he leveled ultimately proved false.
This Israeli McCarthyism and the losers
spearheading it will disappear just like it did in the US,”
leader Isaac Herzog said in a statement. “The
question is when and what will it cost us.
” He called on Im Tirtzu, which
he sarcastically termed “champions of
to disclose their financial supporters so that “we can all know where they get their money
for their miserable campaign.”
On Tuesday Ronen Shoval [L], one of the founders of Im Tirtzu, took to social media to  defend McCarthy.
“[I’m] not familiar with the exact historical details
regarding Joseph McCarthy, but you see who is coming out against him currently
and you can’t help but be in his favour,”

one Twitter user posted.
response, Shoval tweeted: “The historical
details reveal that he was mostly correct in most cases.”
was scolded by Meretz party chairwoman Zehava Galon.

“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Galon said in a statement. McCarthy, she continued, “persecuted and ruined the lives of many
hundreds of Americans, a sizeable number of whom were Jewish, with false
allegations of support for Communism.”

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