The 2010 Human Rights and Democracy report prepared and released Thursday by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office expresses concern over the "growing climate of intolerance in Israeli society, and in particular by the progress of proposed Knesset bills that discriminate against minorities and human rights defenders."
The report specifically mentions the “Nakba Law”, which seeks to withdraw government funding from NGOs participating in events that mark Israel’s Independence Day as a day of mourning, and the “Anti Boycott Law”, which seeks to impose fines on Israeli citizens participating in or encouraging boycotts against Israel, "including the settlements."
"We continue to urge the Israeli government to do more to speak out against such discriminatory proposals," the British Foreign Office said.
'Al Arakib village demolished 21 times' (Photo: Herzl Yosef)
The report also addresses the home demolitions in unrecognized Bedouin villages. "We remain disappointed that the demolition of Bedouin houses and villages in the Negev continues. We urge the Israeli government to find a solution that offers an agreeable compromise.
"The Al Arakib Bedouin village in the Negev, which has been demolished 21 times in total and nine times since the beginning of the year, is of particular concern," the report states.