Israel debating banning human rights groups from defending Palestinians

The Israeli government is to discuss a draft law banning Israeli rights groups from defending Palestinians by petitioning theHigh Court, Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed yesterday.
The bill would prevent Israeli human rights groups from “petitioning the High Court of Justice on behalf of Palestinians.” Haaretz reports the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation is set to discuss this bill during the cabinet’s weekly meeting.

“The bill is aimed primarily at [Israeli] left-wing organisations such as Yesh Din, Peace Now and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which routinely petition the court on behalf of Palestinians.” The bill would also bar Knesset members from petitioning the court to challenge cabinet decisions and laws passed by the Knesset.
Details in Palestine News Network