Yahadut MK Moshe Gafne, who heads the Knesset Finance Committee, has turned to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and Central Election Committee Chairman Justice Elyakim Rubinstein demanding legal action. Gafne is angered over the use of the word “bloodsucker” in the description of the chareidi tzibur in a non-frum publication.
“The newspaper publishes and advert encouraging readers to vote centrist/left, adding the chareidim are sucking our blood.” He feels this is incitement against a sector of the population and an affront to a respectable community at large.
Gafne warns that “we are witnessing a campaign of hate and lies,” which he fears may lead to attacks against chareidim. He calls on the attorney general to file charges against those responsible.
In his response to MK Gafne, Justice Rubinstein expresses his disgust with the wording of the advert and the use of the word “bloodsucker” in reference to chareidim. He explains that while one may argue with a way of life but that does not justify utilizing a vilifying lexicon which carries painful historical connotations.
AG Weinstein has not yet responded at the time of this report.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)