Welfare Minister MK Isaac Herzog (Labor) said that the attacks on New Israel Fund members, harassed for allegedly funding organizations that passed information on to the UN's Goldstone Committee, remind him of the government persecution carried out under Senator Joe McCarthy in the US.
"Hounding humans because of their beliefs is McCarthyism, and is a danger to Israeli democracy," he said. "One of the most basic democratic rights is the right to voice criticism. The attempt to silence, to prevent protest, and to enforce a particular definition of nationalism and patriotism is a slippery slope that endangers us all." (Roni Sofer)