World Bulletin / News Desk
German FM Sigmar Gabriel told Germany’s ZDF television channel that -- were the situation reverse -- it would be "unthinkable" for German officials to prohibit Netanyahu from meeting organizations critical of the German government during an official visit to Germany.
One day before Gabriel's scheduled Tuesday meeting in Israel with human rights groups B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence (the latter of which is composed of former Israeli soldiers opposed to the Israeli occupation), Netanyahu reportedly threatened to retaliate by canceling his own scheduled meeting with Gabriel.
Gabriel, for his part, responded by describing Netanyahu’s threat as "regrettable", stressing that it was standard procedure to meet with local civil society groups during diplomatic visits.
Over the course of the last year, Israeli anti-occupation groups have faced mounting pressure from the government and right-wing organizations, with social-media campaigns accusing them of pursuing “foreign agendas” and a law being passed obliging them to disclose any foreign funding.
The United Nations' International Labour Organization rarely creates this type of probe, known as a Commission of Inquiry. The last case was launched against Zimbabwe in 2008.
Terrorist group still appears to maintain ‘sleeper cells’ in parts of Iraq, including Saladin, Diyala
Trump seeks more funding from kingdom; says 'they're going to give the United States some of that wealth'
Trump told reporters at the White House he had spoken with Putin, two days after the Russian strongman sailed to a fourth term as president, and with ties strained by the Cold War-style intrigue over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain.
At least seven others injured in attack near border with Colombia, army says
Terrorists were plotting attack, says Turkish military
The rare Senate vote addressing American war powers aims to shut down US military involvement in Yemen within a month unless Congress formally authorizes continued involvement.
The meeting of the world's leading economies in Buenos Aires comes days before US tariffs on steel and aluminum are due to come into force on Friday for all countries except Canada and Mexico.
Meeting cancelled after Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Bolivia voted ‘no’
'Despite the oppression they face, Iranians are fighting to reclaim their rights,' U.S. president says
Nearly 800 FARC militants assumed to be in Guaviare district where air force carried out strike
Two civilians and one security officer dead, another two officers wounded
Elor Azaria, who killed an injured and unarmed Palestinian in 2016, is now set for release on May 10
The French Embassy in Tel Aviv says it was taking the case 'very seriously'
The ISIL terrorist was responsible for taking by force houses of security members in Mosul