Human rights march
Friday’s march, organized by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, drew over 130 groups to mark National Human Rights Day Photo by Nir Keidar
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More than 60 senior law lecturers have signed a petition against the Knesset's decision to set up a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the funding of human rights groups. The petition, to be sent Sunday to all MKs, is part of the growing opposition to the Knesset's decision.

The petition also states that by criticizing improper and illegal actions, human rights organizations help root them out. Meanwhile, Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog has asked President Shimon Peres to lead the fight against the persecution of human rights groups.

Herzog said he was shocked at the bills that right-wing party Yisrael Beiteinu was promoting. After meeting with Arab students in Safed this week, Herzog said he felt as if he were in Alabama in the 1940s.

On Thursday, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai issued a clarification; he said he had mistakely voted to set up the committee, which he does not want to see established.

Human rights groups are to march in Tel Aviv tomorrow from Gan Meir to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art beginning at 7 P.M. A poster advertising the march shows Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Interior Minister Eli Yishai superimposed over a picture from the era of the McCarthy hearings in the United States. The poster reads: "Don't come - they'll come and get you."