The EU funded Arab Association for Human Rights  ( HRA) accused Israel of an "ongoing process of overt racist incitement against this [Arab] minority, both by the state and official authorities and by the Jewish majority" in relation to an incident in the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth 3 March. Despite the fact that the attack was carried out by civilians with disturbed personal histories, one of whom also has a record of mental illness, HRA claimed that the Israeli government was responsible. In a six-page report, the institute stated that "the State [of Israel] holds responsibility for the attack in that they helped create an atmosphere of racism that legitimized attacks on the minority and their holy places."  HRA has made similar accusations in the past, using human rights claims to promote the Durban strategy.



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