Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:
Last week a new group, financed by right-wing sources here in the U.S., attacked the New Israel Fund as being the "cause" of the Goldstone report, with a vicious personal attack on NIF president and former deputy Knesset Speaker Naomi Chazan.
As someone committed to Israeli democracy, I ask that you personally and immediately take every step possible to stop the witch-hunt against NIF and Israel's internationally-respected human rights groups that is beginning tomorrow in the Knesset.
This is not a matter of politics. This is a matter of the basic rights of freedom of speech, dissent, and conscience that allow Israel to proudly call itself a democracy to the rest of the world. Israel must not emulate Iran and China, and sink to the level of its worst enemies, in responding to baseless, vicious and extremist attacks.