The website Shalom Toronto reports that Canada’s foreign office will close down the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic development, which two years ago has decided to support B’Tzelem and the two Palestinian human rights organizations Al Chak and Al Mizan.

B’Tzelem is an Israeli organization which has been presenting a decidedly pro-Palestinian view of Jewish-Arab relations in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

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Foreign Secretary John Baird explained that the move is part of efforts to increase savings and efficiency in the budget. The tasks previously carried out by the center will be assigned to the Foreign Office and the Office if International Trade.

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