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Jewish Home Fined $20,000, Power for Israel Ads Restored

Rubinstein made clear that candidate lists running for election may not trifle with injunctions issued by the Chairman of the Central Election Commission.
Chairman of the Central Elections Committee Justice Elyakim Rubinstein

Chairman of the Central Elections Committee Justice Elyakim Rubinstein
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The Jewish Home list led by Naftali Bennett was fined 72,000 shekels (just under $20,000) for disobeying an order of the Chairman of the central elections committee Justice Elyakim Rubinstein to remove campaign ads showing the Bennett next to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Reshet bet radio reported.

Rubinstein had made clear that candidate lists running for election may not trifle with injunctions issued by the Chairman of the Central Election Commission, even if they do not agree with the rulings. “Obedience to the law and the provisions of the courts should be a guiding light for anyone who considers himself a member of the Israeli Knesset,” said Rubinstein.

At the same time, Justice Rubinstein also announced that he respects the Supreme Court ruling that confirmed the election broadcasts made by Power for Israel, even though he personally believes they contained a racist message. Rubinstein said that in Israel, a Jewish state, racism should be off limits.

The commercial in question shows MKs Michael Ben Ari and Aryeh Eldad lecturing on the idea that one must fulfill one’s duties in order to be entitled to rights – but they do it in fluent Arabic.

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One Response to “Jewish Home Fined $20,000, Power for Israel Ads Restored”

  1. Hadar Israel says:

    Rubinstein, a true "Osloid" with a tiny kippah, is a character that was best defined by a great piece published on the Jewish Press years ago titled "The Seal of the Almighty" (see: http://is.gd/JkcSV3).
    His kind, posing as "religious zionists" of some sort, have always fought tooth and nail against uncompromising truth, very often MISQUOTING Torah and INVENTING some alleged "Jewish morality" totally foreign to Torah.

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