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AG calls for disqualification of extremist rights candidate Gopstein, Marzel

Attorney General Avichaeus Mandeblitz recommended Tuesday that two senior members of the extremist Ottoman Yehudit party be banned from participating in Israel's elections in September, saying there was no reason to ban its leader, attorney Itmar Ben Javier, from the race.

The attorney general also rejected a vain claim by the Ottoman Jewit that he wanted to prevent the centrist Blue and White Party from playing controversial videos against ultra-Orthodox politicians. He also rejected the claims against the joint list in his legal opinion presented to the Central Election Committee on Tuesday.

Mandeblitz based his recommendation on the fundamental law: The Knesset, which suggested that political parties or candidates could not run for office if they engaged in inciting racism.

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Michael Ben-Ari, the former No.1 of the Otzma Yehudit, was barred from attending the April elections by the Supreme Court because of a racism clause, and was replaced by Ben Gavir at the party's helm.

The Attorney General supported Ben-Ari's disqualification before the last race. Two other candidates, Baruch Marzel and Bentzie Gopstein, will now be on their list.

Mandeblit's legal opinion is a response to a request by the left-wing Democratic Camp Party to the electoral committee.

Attorney General Avichai Mandeblit attends the ceremony of the new Justice Minister Amir Ohana at the Jerusalem Ministry of Justice on June 23, 2019. (Yonatan Syndel / Flash 90)

According to Channel 13 News, Mandeblitz relies on a long record of racist statements made against Arabs by both Marzel and Gopstein.

Gopsin heads a racist Lehva organization, which opposes international and inter-racial interaction, relations and marriage. Love has staged violent protests outside mixed Jewish-Muslim marriages and on the streets of the Gay Pride Parade, and has declared to the public to alert the organization to cases where Jewish women are dating Arab men.

In a public statement quoted by the network as being listed in Mandeblitz's opinion, Gopstein was quoted as saying at his daughter's wedding, "Let's say that if an Arab waiter was here, he would not serve a meal, he was looking for a nearby hospital. "

After the assassination of its founder in 1990, Marzel has led the extremist Rabbi Mir Kahani Kachha Party, and has long been identified with the group's goal of forcibly cleansing the Arab country. After the Israeli government declared it a terrorist group in 1994, it remained among its top supporters until it disbanded.

According to the Arab citizens of Israel, Marzel has been cited by Mandeblitz in recommending the illegality: "When we finish dealing with the enemy, billions of billions of shekels will be released, which will now go to waste. 60% of the National Insurance Institute's money goes to the enemy. "

Otzma Yehudit condemned the reported decision, which leaked before Mandeblitz received a response Monday to the Democratic camp's appeal allegations.

Michael Ben Ari, center, Itamar Ben Gavir, and Lehva chair Benjie Gopstein, Otzma Jewit Party, all attended an event in Jerusalem on November 7, 2017, celebrating the 27th anniversary of Rabbi Mir Kahani. / Flash 90)

“Once again it turns out that the attorney general is working for reform [Jews] And serves as a representative of the extremists remaining in the Ministry of Justice. While the appeal of Attorney Jewett is yet to be answered, this shocking link to the opinion of the Attorney General [against its candidates], Proves that his vote was predetermined. "

He also accused the Attorney General of "a long series of actions and critical statements by members of the Nissette. [Arab] Combined lists, including visits and assistance to prison-terrorists in prison, and Mandeblit do not even think of disqualifying them. "

"Mandeblit's demand for resignation" this very night.

The Attorney General's recommendation is not the final word, but has carried considerable weight on the fate of the party in the past.

On the way out, a committee composed of representatives of the Knesset groups and chaired by a Supreme Court judge will vote on whether to contest the election of the Ottoman Jewit next week. Then any decision made by the body can be appealed to the High Court of Justice.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently made an unsuccessful attempt to get a deal under which Ottoma Yehudit would take part in a joint ticket with other smaller right-wing parties in September. The far-right group rejected the onslaught of merging with other parties .They will operate independently in the fall.

Prior to the April election, the prime minister's gamble was successful and the far-right party was annexed to the right-wing parties' union, though no Ottoman Jewish candidate could finally make it to the Knesset in the short-lived 21st.

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