ADL: Video Attacking Israeli Human Rights Activists 'Crosses Line Into Hate Speech'

U.S. Jewish organization labels video 'outrageous' and 'potentially libelous,' calls on nationalist group Im Tirtzu behind it to apologize for 'unwarranted attack.'

The Anti-Defamation League said overnight Thursday it was deeply disturbed by a video produced by the nationalist right-wing NGO Im Tirtzu, which describes four Israeli human rights activists as foreign agents, and accuses them of  protecting terrorists. 

The American Jewish group labeled the video 'outrageous' and called on Im Turtzu to issue an apology.

The video "employs fear tactics to accuse Israeli human rights activists and organizations of being culpable in the ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and acting Director of ADL's Israel office, Carole Nuriel, said in a statement.

"This is a form of incitement which crosses the line into hate speech," it added.

At the start of the video a terrorist is seen approaching the camera and pulling out a knife, with the narrator in the background saying “Next time a terrorist comes to stab you, he knows that there’s someone who will defend him.”

Afterwards, the clip presents four activists from four Israeli human rights groups, with the narrator saying, "they live here with us but they are moles. While we are fighting terror they are fighting us."

Accusing the non-profits "of supporting Palestinian terror in order to delegitimize their activities is outrageous and potentially libelous," the ADL said, even if one does not support their cause. "We believe Im Tirzu should apologize for their unwarranted attack on the individuals and organizations referenced in the video."