Archiv: Otzma Yehudit


15.09.2019 - 16:35 [ Haaretz ]

‚If Netanyahu Wins, Turn Out the Lights‘: Meet the Most Die-hard Opponents of Israel’s ‚Crime Minister‘

As a young Israeli studying abroad, I recently came home for a visit eager to discuss the upcoming elections with family and friends – but found an atmosphere of utter apathy. So I decided to go find people who were actually getting involved, and that’s how I ended up meeting Elisheva and her fellow protestors.

15.09.2019 - 14:34 [ Haaretz ]

Four Days to the Election, Netanyahu’s Last-minute Surge Hinges on Millennial Apathy

(14.09.2019)

His victory hangs on the fates of racist Otzma and leftist Labor – and on right-wingers coming out in droves while leftists go to the beach

13.09.2019 - 13:59 [ Haaretz ]

Election Poll: Netanyahu Bloc Stronger With Kahanists, Still Needs Lieberman

The poll also contains good news for Netanyahu – it has the far-right Otzma Yehudit party passing the electoral threshold and receiving four seats, giving the right-wing bloc led by Likud 59 seats without the support of Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu – close to the 61 required to create a coalition, with the center-left bloc garnering 54 seats.

31.08.2019 - 11:06 [ Haaretz ]

In Deal With Far-right Leader, Netanyahu Edges Closer to Reelection. Next Up: The Kahanists

Feiglin was a serious obstacle who was in Netanyahu’s way – and he was pushed out of the way. Next in line are the Kahanist members of the Otzma Yehudit party. Negotiating with them would be more complicated for Netanyahu, because even our prime minister, who has lost all his brakes and morals over the past few years, wouldn’t think of offering Itamar Ben-Gvir a ministerial post. Or would he?

31.08.2019 - 11:04 [ Times of Israel ]

Zehut bows out of elections after Netanyahu promises Feiglin a cabinet post

Netanyahu has been putting intense pressure on several small right-wing factions to drop out of the election in September so that their votes don’t get “wasted” if they fail to clear the 3.25-percent threshold for entering the Knesset. As with Zehut, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or his political representatives have also met over the past two weeks with candidates from the extremist Otzma Yehudit and Noam parties.

15.07.2019 - 14:01 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Gay conversion therapy works and I’ve given it, says Israeli education minister

Israel’s education minister has provoked a storm of anger by backing “gay conversion therapy”, a discredited technique that seeks to turn people heterosexual.

Rafi Peretz said it could work and that he had even performed it.

“I think that it is possible to convert [someone’s sexual orientation],” Mr Peretz said.

“I can tell you that I have deep familiarity on the issue of education, and I have also done this.”

15.07.2019 - 13:56 [ Haaretz ]

My Family Perished in the Assimilation Shoah, According to Israel’s Education Minister

Why isn’t the army called in to protect America’s remaining Jews, who every day face the danger of assimilation and annihilation in this Shoah? For what purpose was the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces founded, if not to guarantee that not one more Jew will ever be lost in a Holocaust in the Diaspora? Why aren’t U.S. Jews being airlifted to Israel, or guided by Mossad agents in the Mexican desert?

15.07.2019 - 13:53 [ Vox.com ]

Israeli minister says US Jews marrying non-Jews is “like a second Holocaust”

(10.07.2019)

To label this comment “offensive” is a severe understatement. Fifty-eight percent of American Jews have non-Jewish spouses, per a 2013 Pew survey. Telling the majority of American Jews that they are perpetrating genocide on their own people is about as inflammatory as it gets.

10.07.2019 - 10:10 [ Axios ]

Israeli education minister calls intermarriage rate of U.S. Jews „second Holocaust“

Israel’s newly appointed Minister of Education Rafi Peretz said at a Cabinet meeting on July 1 that the rate of intermarriage among U.S. Jews is „like a second Holocaust,“ according to 3 people who were in the room.

Why it matters: Peretz, a former chief rabbi of the Israeli army, is the leader of a bloc of ultra right-wing religious parties. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was personally involved in forming this political bloc, which also includes the Jewish supremacist „Jewish Power“ party.

06.07.2019 - 14:44 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Duty-Free Magnates Give Millions to Israeli Settlements

(01.07.2019)

Friedman, Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, evangelical preacher John Hagee, conservative TV host Mike Huckabee and Netanyahu’s son, Yair, have been among the many politicians and VIPs to attend parties at Simon Falic’s Jerusalem home.

The Falics also support American politicians, both Democratic and Republican. Since 2000, they have given over $1.7 million to pro-Israel politicians, including Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

06.07.2019 - 14:24 [ Washington Post ]

US duty free owners give millions to Israeli settlements

(01.07.2019)

The Falic family of Florida, owners of the ubiquitous chain of Duty Free Americas shops, funds a generous and sometimes controversial philanthropic empire in Israel that runs through the corridors of power and stretches deep into the occupied West Bank.

An Associated Press investigation shows that the family has donated at least $5.6 million to settler organizations in the West Bank and east Jerusalem over the past decade, funding synagogues, schools and social services as well as far-right causes considered extreme even in Israel.

06.07.2019 - 14:22 [ David Sheen ‏/ Twitter ]

Disgusting: Top Democrats Chuck Schumer and Debbie Wasserman Schultz are funded by the Falic Family, who are also generous supporters of Kahanist groups, including Baruch Marzel’s Hebron activists and Bentzi Gopstein’s anti-miscegenation street gang Lehava

(01.07.2019)

17.03.2019 - 21:36 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Top Court Bans Kahanist Leader From Election Run, Okays Arab Slates, Far-left Candidate

Israel’s Supreme Court banned on Sunday Kahanist leader Michael Ben Ari from running in the April 9 general election and reversed the disqualification of Arab joint slate Balad-United Arab List and Ofer Cassif, a member of political alliance Hadash-Ta’al.

15.03.2019 - 19:42 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Denies Sex Tape After Iranians Hack Phone, Says There’s No Threat of Extortion

In special press conference, main Netanyahu rival calls the story ‚a political spin,‘ said no compromising data was found in phone ■ Likud petitions election committee not to allow live broadcast for fear of electioneering

15.03.2019 - 19:42 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Keeps Falling While Far-right Zehut Stabilizes, Poll Shows

As it stands, Kahol Lavan maintains a lead of only three seats.

The poll also shows that if the elections were to take place today, six parties would teeter on the brink of the electoral threshold. Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu, the United Arab List-Balad, Meretz, Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut party and Naftali Bennet and Ayelet Shaked’s Hayamin Hehadash would all make the minimum four seats needed to enter Knesset.

15.03.2019 - 09:55 [ Alexandra Allio De Corato ‏/ Twitter ]

Israel says Iran hacked phone of ex-general Gantz whose party leads in the polls ahead of Israeli election

11.03.2019 - 16:10 [ Ayman Odeh / New York Times ]

Netanyahu Opens the Doors of Power to Extremists

If we are to defeat this dangerous alliance, we must provide a clear alternative. The only way for the left to prevail is to choose solidarity and the shared Jewish-Arab struggle for peace, equality and democracy.

Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel represent 20 percent of the population. We cannot change the course of the country alone. But there is no electoral math that leads to victory for a center-left-wing coalition without the participation of the Arab parties.

07.03.2019 - 16:07 [ Louis Fishman / Twitter ]

Very disturbing to hear Ofer Cassif, the Jewish candidate for Hadash has been banned from taking part in elections. Yes, try to absorb this: a Jewish candidate fighting for peace+equality is banned while fascist Kahanists are free to run. Another sad day for Israeli democracy.

07.03.2019 - 16:00 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Arab Slate, Far-left Candidate Banned From Election Hours After Kahanist Leader Allowed to Run

The Central Election Committee disqualified the Arab joint slate Balad-United Arab List and Ofer Cassif, a member of politicial alliance Hadash-Ta’al, from running in the election on Wednesday, opposing the opinion of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit.

27.02.2019 - 19:34 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Mussolini-style ‚Red Menace‘ Scare Tactics Threaten Israeli Democracy

After successfully instilling public opinion with an automatic association between “the left” and disloyalty in the service of malevolent foreigners, Netanyahu and his Likud messengers are studiously attaching the stigma to their political rivals including, most ludicrously, former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and his newly-formed Blue and White party, which would be classified as center-right by any normal standard. For those too dense to comprehend, Netanyahu now insists on expanding the term “left” with the arguably racist determiner “backed by Arabs” to drive home the opposition’s subversive treachery.

27.02.2019 - 19:31 [ Haaretz ]

‘A Lamentable Failure’: Dozens of Orthodox Rabbis Condemn Netanyahu for Deal With Kahanists

(25.2.2019) Last week, the remnants of the National Religious Party – known in its latest incarnation as Habayit Hayehudi – merged with Otzma Yehudit, a party whose members embrace the racist ideology of the late Kahane and are disciples of his. The party he originally founded, known as Kach, is outlawed in Israel. The alliance was pushed by Netanyahu, who feared that without the Kahanists joining their ranks, Habayit Hayehudi might not reach the electoral threshold, jeopardizing his ability to form a right-wing majority bloc after the April 9 election.

23.02.2019 - 14:06 [ Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין / Twitter ]

In this 1984 video, then PM Shamir and entire Likud walk out of Knesset as Meir Kahane speaks. When people wonder why Kahanists aren’t outlawed now the way they were then, it’s because the ruling powers in Israel have implemented the racist, violent ideology of Meir Kahane.

23.02.2019 - 13:31 [ American Jewish Committee ]

AJC Statement on Otzma Yehudit Party

American Jewish Committee (AJC) does not normally comment on political parties and candidates during an election. But with the announcement that Otzma Yehudit (“Jewish Power”), a new political party formed by longtime followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, is now seeking election to the Knesset, we feel compelled to speak out.

23.02.2019 - 13:25 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Now Endorses Jewish Fascism. U.S. Jews, Cut Your Ties With Him Now

Netanyahu lost his moral compass years ago, but his electoral deal with Israel’s most extreme racists is a moment of crisis, and a test, for American Jews. Don’t fail it

23.02.2019 - 13:11 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

‚Union of the Right-Wing Parties‘ submits Knesset list

(21.2.2019)

The order of candidates is:

1. Rabbi Rafi Peretz (Jewish Home)
2. Bezalel Smotrich (National Union)
3. Motti Yogev (Jewish Home)
4. Ofir Sofer (National Union)
5. Michael Ben Ari (Otzma Yehudit)
6. Idit Silman (Jewish Home)
7. Orit Strook (National Union)
8. Itamar Ben Gvir (Otzma Yehudit)
9. Yossi Cohen (National Union)
10. Davidi Ben Zion (Jewish Home)

22.02.2019 - 20:01 [ James J. Zogby, fellow @thesandersinst; ResCom @theDemocrats / Twitter ]

Meir Kahane’s followers murdered my friend Alex Odeh & fire-bombed my DC office. He personally threatened me w/violence. He & his group are on the US St Dept terrorism list. & now they’re in Netanyahu’s coalition. Sec. Pompeo “What do you say? & if you say nothing, why not?”

22.02.2019 - 19:54 [ Washington Post ]

Netanyahu’s election rivals merge as Israeli leader makes pact with extreme right

One of those factions is Otzma Yehudit, or Jewish Power, made up of followers of the late Meir Kahane, an ultranationalist American Israeli rabbi. Israeli commentators and U.S. Jewish groups immediately decried the move, saying the faction was clearly an offshoot of Kahane’s Kach party, a group that is designated a terrorist organization by the State Department and banned in Israel.