Human rights defenders in Israel on Wednesday linked recent threats at three civil society organizations to the rhetoric and policies of the country\u0026#039;s government, which has worked to intimidate and suppress groups critical of its treatment of Palestinians and other marginalized people.Staff members at Amnesty Israel in Tel Aviv and the Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel (ASSAF) on Wednesday found death threats written in spray paint on walls outside the organizations\u0026#039; offices. A box containing death threats and a dead mouse was found around the same time at the Elifelet Children\u0026#039;s Activity Center, which cares for refugee children.\u0022We have filed a complaint with the police and we see this as the result of the ongoing campaign of incitement against aid and human rights organizations, led by the government,\u0022 tweeted Amnesty Israel.אלמונים השאירו הלילה (ד\u0026#039;) איומי מוות בכתובות גרפיטי זהות מחוץ למשרדינו ומחוץ ל@assaf_refugees והשאירו קופסה עם איומי מוות ובתוכה עכבר מת מחוץ למרכז פעילות לילדים של אליפלט. הגשנו תלונה למשטרה ואנחנו רואים בזה תוצאה של מסע ההסתה המתמשך נגד ארגוני הסיוע וזכויות האדם, שמובילה הממשלה pic.twitter.com/sdq3n4KLdB— Amnesty Israel (@AmnestyIsrael) July 31, 2019Amnesty International denounced the threats as \u0022deplorable and malicious acts\u0022 which must be investigated and unequivocally condemned by the government.\u0022The Israeli authorities should take a strong stand by publicly condemning these acts and making clear that attacks against NGOs will not be tolerated,\u0022 said Philip Luther, the group\u0026#039;s research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa. \u0022The Israeli authorities must also take steps to ensure that human rights defenders and civil society organizations more generally are effectively protected and can carry out their work free from threats, intimidation, or harassment.\u0022Instead of defending the rights of human rights groups to operate and further internationally-recognized freedoms for refugees and all people, Amnesty said, the Israeli government has in recent years \u0022taken steps to unduly restrict the rights to freedom of expression and association inside Israel.\u0022Officials ordered Human Rights Watch (HRW) director Omar Shakir deported from the country earlier this year. Like Amnesty, HRW has been critical of Israel\u0026#039;s human rights record in Palestine. The government has also passed legislation subjecting human rights groups to \u0022onerous reporting requirements about donations from foreign governments,\u0022 exempting organizations that are supportive of Israel\u0026#039;s occupation of the West Bank and settlements there, like the 6,000 that were approved for construction on Wednesday.\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;Amnesty has long condemned Israel\u0026#039;s illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip, its restriction of Palestinians\u0026#039; movement with checkpoints and roadblocks, and the Israeli Defense Forces\u0026#039; (IDF) killing of demonstrators at border protests.Earlier this month ASSAF decried the Israeli municipality of Petah Tivka for barring refugee children from enrolling in school.\u0026nbsp;The groups posited their vocal dissent against the government likely\u0026nbsp;prompted the threats.\u0022This is not the first time we are being threatened,\u0022 ASSAF wrote in a post on Twitter. \u0022This is the result of the ongoing incitement campaign against aid and human rights organizations in Israel—with the encouragement and backing of politicians and public figures.\u0022\u0022You have to make sure this is the last time,\u0022 the group added, addressing authorities.