Israel’s supreme court ruled that Baruch Marzel and Bentzi Gopstein cannot run in the upcoming elections.
They cited racism against Arabs as the reason.
In February, GL reported the powerful pro-Israel AIPAC joined the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in a sharp condemnation of the potential inclusion of the far-right Otzma Yehudit (“Jewish Power”) faction in a Netanyahu-led coalition.
In a statement calling out the “reprehensible views” of Otzma Hayehudit that fail “to reflect the core values” of the Jewish state, the AJC said it was up to Israel’s election committee to decide whether the party should be allowed on the ballot box during the upcoming national elections.
“Ultimately, it is up to Israel’s Central Elections Committee to determine, as it has done in the past, whether Otzma Yehudit can be listed on the ballot on Election Day,” the statement charges.
The statement comes in response to an offer Wednesday by Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party for two ministry portfolios to the religious-nationalist Jewish Home party if it agreed to run on the same ticket with Otzma Yehudit in the April 9 elections.
However both the AJC and AIPAC failed to mention either Netanyahu or his Likud party, prompting strong backlash on social media for choosing to omit them from the statement.
Netanyahu’s move comes as recent polls show his top rivals surpassing him in the elections.
The far-right Otzma Yehudit party is associated with the extremist Kahanist movement, which was outlawed in Israel and is considered a terrorist movement by the United States. The party is led by former National Union lawmaker Michael Ben Ari and far-right activists Itamar Ben Gvir, Baruch Marzel and Bentzi Gopstein.
Just a reminder, the Israeli Government has had some horrendously evil people. Arab MK Tibi against Jews, Yair lapid & his father Tommy against the Chareidim. AIPAC is silent on them.
Baruch Marzel famously brings donkeys to counter the To’eva parade in Israel.
Additionally, Marzel fights against assimilation, sending letters to people who are about to marry a non-Jew & teaming up with organizations fighting assimilation.
GreaterLakewood spoke with a person – who requested anonymity – who fought in the IDF with Marzel. He related the following story: One day a soldier brought a Lebanese woman back to the base. Marzel was infuriated. He screamed at the guy to get her out… he then proceeded to shoot a number of bullets above the soldiers head to freak him out. When commanders later confronted Marzel on his actions, he replied ‘what if she was a spy, she can go back & tell secrets!’
Perhaps we need a few of these guys to balance out the other ‘non racists’