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B'Tselem Director Shocked at Senior Member's Extreme Blog

B'Tselem information director accuses Israel of adhering to Nazi values.

By: Elad Benari
Published: April 19th, 2010 in News » Israel
Lizi Sagie, B'Tselem information directorPic: Lizi Sagie, B'Tselem information director

Tempers are raging in Israel and within B’Tselem, following statements made by Lizi Sagie, the organization’s information director. As part of her duties at B’Tselem, Sagie is responsible for collecting and putting together the information found as part of the organization’s research.

In an article published Sunday in Globes, Israel’s financial newspaper, some of Sagie’s recent statements from her blog were revealed. The statements were first put together in another article in News1.

Sagie stated, among other things, that Yom Hazikaron (the Remembrance Day for Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism) is a “pornographic circus” aimed at shutting mouths, and that she does not stand during the siren. She also said that torches should not be lit on Yom Ha’atzmaut since the Jewish state has stolen properties, murdered, and starved (among others), all in the name of Judaism.

Perhaps one of the most shocking statements made by Sagie, if not the most shocking, is her accusation that Israel is adhering to Nazi values:

“Israel is causing the greatest horrors of humanity ... Israel proves adherence to the values of Nazism. The answer to the Holocaust is not the State of Israel but rather the struggle against racism. The State of Israel itself demonstrates adherence to the values of Nazism: racial superiority, nationalism, linking a man with his country with as an existential necessity, the separation policy, the connection between loyalty and citizenship, demonizing the ‘other’ that ‘threatens’ survival and more ... in the face of it all, Israel cuts many coupons at the expense of Holocaust ...

“So what kind of nation are we? We do not set up gas chambers and extermination camps, but if such things existed, how many people would be actively opposed to this practice? We set up ghettos ... elected officials and clerics incite against Arabs and no one shuts them up ... So we are also killers, slaughterers (see Gaza lately), expellers, separate between a mother and her children by checkpoints... What kind of morals do we have?????? We do not have any! Our morality is an illusion and nothing more ...”

The blog was run by Sagie on the website Café TheMarker up until this past January. It should be noted that the statements made in the blog were written before Sagie began her work at B’Tselem. After the publication in News1, Sagie removed all her previous posts from the blog.

Sagie told Globes that she apologizes for the anger caused by her remarks: “It is important for me to be clear: the statements made in my personal blog were written before I began my work in B'Tselem, and express only my personal opinion. I share the pain and hard feelings, both personal and social, that arise in all of us on Memorial Day. I understand my statements caused damage, and I deeply apologize for that.”

Jessica Montell, B’Tselem’s Executive Director said she was shocked by Sagie’s remarks. She was quoted in Globes as saying: “I'm also shocked by the statements. Needless to say, Lizi Sagie's personal opinions do not reflect the organization’s positions. The statements were written a year ago, long before she began her work in the organization, in her personal blog which reflects her personal opinion. The attempt to associate these positions with the organization of Memorial Day is false, outrageous and cruel.”

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