Middle East

Israeli rights group vows to fight policy despite Netanyahu

  • FILE - This March 14, 2011 file photo, shows a general view of a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit. B'tselem an Israeli rights group says it will continue to work to end Jewish settlements in territory Palestinians claim for a future state despite a rebuke by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. B'Tselem said Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, that "we will continue saying the truth in Israel and abroad; the occupation must end." The Israeli leader accused B'tselem of joining a "chorus of slander" against Israel, after the rights group urged the U.N. Security Council to take decisive action against settlements. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

    FILE - This March 14, 2011 file photo, shows a general view of a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit. B'tselem an Israeli rights group says it will continue to work to end Jewish settlements in territory Palestinians claim for a future state despite a rebuke by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. B'Tselem said Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, that "we will continue saying the truth in Israel and abroad; the occupation must end." The Israeli leader accused B'tselem of joining a "chorus of slander" against Israel, after the rights group urged the U.N. Security Council to take decisive action against settlements. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, Jewish settler children watch a soccer training session of the Beitar Shabi Givat Zeev soccer club in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev, near Jerusalem. B'tselem an Israeli rights group says it will continue to work to end Jewish settlements in territory Palestinians claim for a future state despite a rebuke by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. B'Tselem said Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, that "we will continue saying the truth in Israel and abroad; the occupation must end." The Israeli leader accused B'tselem of joining a "chorus of slander" against Israel, after the rights group urged the U.N. Security Council to take decisive action against settlements. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE -- In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, Jewish settler children watch a soccer training session of the Beitar Shabi Givat Zeev soccer club in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev, near Jerusalem. B'tselem an Israeli rights group says it will continue to work to end Jewish settlements in territory Palestinians claim for a future state despite a rebuke by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. B'Tselem said Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, that "we will continue saying the truth in Israel and abroad; the occupation must end." The Israeli leader accused B'tselem of joining a "chorus of slander" against Israel, after the rights group urged the U.N. Security Council to take decisive action against settlements. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Israeli rights group says it will continue to work to end Jewish settlements in territory Palestinians claim for a future state despite a rebuke by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

B'Tselem said Sunday "we will continue saying the truth in Israel and abroad; the occupation must end."

The uproar stems from B'Tselem's presentation Friday at the United Nations, where it urged the Security Council to take action against settlements.

Late Saturday night, Netanyahu accused the group of joining a "chorus of slander" against Israel and for "false claims" about the cause of the conflict.

Israel has been widely criticized for building settlements in territories captured in the 1967 Mideast war, land the Palestinians want as part of their future state.