Under the slogan “Jews Have Human Rights Too,” nationalist and patriotic groups spearheaded by grassroots students' group Im Tirtzu are set to join the annual human rights march Friday – an event monopolized by leftists until now.
“Surprising as it may sound,” an Im Tirtzu statement wryly declared, “reservists, residents of Sderot, agriculturalists in the Negev and Galilee, IDF soldiers, settlers, hareidi Jews, residents of southern Tel Aviv, Arad and the HaTikva neighborhood – all of these people also have human rights!”
The nationalists will gather at 10:00 AM at the corner of Rothschild Ave. and Hashmonaim Street and will join the march when it sets off from HaBimah toward Rabin Square. Participants are requested to bring Israel flags, funny hats, trumpets and “good moods,” Im Tirtzu said.
The Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Haggai Elad, expressed surprise that Im Tirtzu wished to join a march that will be addressed by Naomi Chazan, President of the New Israel Fund. Im Tirtzu launched an aggressive campaign targeting Chazan and the NIF in February.
Among the groups to be represented in the nationalist section of the march are Regavim, Yisrael Sheli, The Sderot Security Action Group, Likud Youth, Shurat HaDin, the Professors' Circle, Yisrael Beiteinu Youth, Zionist Women's Forum, the Action Group Against Infliltrators and Illegal Migrants, Arad Municipal Action Council, Cattle Ranchers and Agriculturalists, Fence for Life and others.
"Some organizations have stolen the term 'human rights' and use it to advance a radical agenda of erasing Israel's Jewish-democratic identity, limiting our right to defend ourselves and tying the hands of the IDF while trampling the human rights of the majority of the public,” Im Tirtzu explained.
Marchers are requested to speak in a civil manner and stick to expressing “positive messages,” the group added.
The Judea and Samaria (Yesha) Human Rights Group took other human rights groups to task Thursday for condemning rabbis who oppose selling and renting homes to non-Jews, while remaining silent on the Palestinian Authority (PA) death penalty for selling property to Jews.
An Im Tirtzu rally at Na'alin (file) / courtesy Im Tirtzu