Jerusalem - Shas Agrees To Pull Controversial Campaign Ad
Jerusalem - he Shas party has agreed not to broadcast its controversial campaign ad on conversion following a request by from the Chairman of the Central Election Committee Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubenstein late Wednesday afternoon.
In a statement to the press, Rubenstein said that â€śindeed there may be a sense of general injuryâ€ť stemming from the ad, â€śfrom which it is preferable to avoid,â€ť and noted that Shas had agreed to withdraw commercial â€śfor the sake of peace.â€ť
It will however be continued to be broadcast for the remainder of Wednesday.
Earlier on Wendesday, Deputy Knesset Speaker and MK Shlomo Molla called on Yisrael Beytenu MKs who immigrated to Israel to publicly denounce the Shas campaign ad which has been widely decried as racist for negatively stereotyping Israelâ€™s immigrant population from the former Soviet Union.
Molla also called on Yisrael Beytenu to declare publicly that the party will not sit in a coalition with Shas.
Yisrael Beytenu had refused to comment on the ad until Wednesday afternoon, despite the fact that the majority of their voters come from the Israeli-Russian community.
â€śShasâ€™ racist propaganda was highly predictable,â€ť the MK Sofa Landver eventually said in a statement to the press. â€śThe Shas leadership has lost its compass and its conscience… and the party tries time and again to make political capital through hatred of the other and to blame itâ€™s failures on the immigrant community which has, for a long time, been a tool for societal progress in all fields including the security and economy of the country.â€ť
Landver also alleged that a recent statement by Shas joint-leader Arye Deri that Likud-Beytenu was a party of â€śWhites and Russiansâ€ť was not a slip of the tongue but a â€śmotto for Shasâ€™ propaganda.â€ť
Shasâ€™ campaign ad casts aspersions on the state conversion system, and features a tall blonde woman named Marina, speaking Hebrew with a thick Russian accent, punctuated with phrases in Russian, who dials â€ś1-800-conversionâ€ť on a fax machine while standing under a wedding canopy with her fiancĂ©.
A return fax rolls in immediately with her conversion certificate.
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