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El-Ad once described B’Tselem’s mission as one of “dissent.” But his position has since become considerably more extreme. Now, he declares, the courts are illegitimate and there is no point in working with any state institutions whatsoever.

In principle, B’Tselem has the right to abandon its work as a human rights NGO in favor of partisan political advocacy, but it is hypocritical for it to advertise itself as an organization dedicated to an objective analysis of the human rights situation in Israel.

It is clear that all of El-Ad’s talk about responsibility, all his notions of agency and accountability, do not extend to his own behavior and that of B’Tselem. El-Ad rejects the notion that B’Tselem should answer for the negative consequences of its international advocacy activities and the implications of the policies the NGO seeks to impose on Israel.