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Interruptions, yelling and expulsions took place in the Knesset Wednesday morning as former minister Bennie Begin listened to speakers from both ends of the political spectrum criticize his proposed law to regulate Beduin settlement in the Negev within five years.

Prof. Gerald Steinberg of Bar- Ilan University and head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor group, said human rights organizations were carrying out a parallel mission in the European Parliament and other international institutions in an entirely one-sided fashion and were being financed by foreign – and largely European – governments.

After the hearing, Steinberg told The Jerusalem Post that these organizations “are characterized by all-too-familiar incitement which exploits the Beduin issue, including terms such as ‘apartheid,’ ‘ethnic cleansing’ and ‘racism.’ This language is central to the political warfare against Israel and Jewish sovereign equality.”