Thursday, January 3, 2013

Media Catches up on The Bayit Yehudi's Radical and Chauvinist Side

A review of the top 15 spots on the party's Knesset ticket by Ynet, motivated by the Likud Beitenu campaign, shows that quite a few radical-leaning politicians stand behind the party's chairman, Naftali Bennett. Some of them have caused a stir with comments made about gays and lesbians, same-sex marriages and women's rights.

Second on the party list is MK Uri Ariel, currently chairman of the State Control Committee and a member of the Judicial Selection Committee. Ariel is regarded as having extreme right-wing opinions, and in the past has come out against the enlistment of homosexuals.

Former Rabbinical Courts Director-General Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan caused an uproar when he claimed that same-sex marriages are "a recipe for the demise of the Jewish nation," and in the past, he supported doing away with the Knesset's Committee on the Status of Women
In ninth place is another candidate who managed to ruffle some feathers: The former chief of Bnei Akiva, Moti Yogev, who came under fire for promoting sex segragation within the youth movement.

In 10th place is a right-wing leader of the Jewish community in Hebron, Orit Struk, who made headlines when her son, Zvi Struk, was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for physically abusing a bound Palestinian teen. 

In 13th place is Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, another member of Hebron's Jewish community. He is known as an hardline rightist and serves as the Nazareth Illit mayor's adviser for settlement affairs.