Left Wing Haredi Activist Named To Yair Lapid’s Knesset List
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Beit Shemesh activist Rabbi Dov Lipman announced tonight that he would be a top 20 candidate on Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid political party’s Knesset list, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Lipman, who made aliyah eight years ago, is a left wing American haredi who rose to national prominence when helped lead the fight against haredi attacks on women and girls in Beit Shemesh last year. He is graduate of both Ner Yisroel Yeshiva and Johns Hopkins University.
Lipman originally joined Rabbi Chaim Amsellem’s Am Shalem party when it formed last year after Amsellem left Shas but switched to supporting Lapid after Amsellem decided to focus on the Sefardi vote.
Yesh Atid’s list already has a Zionist Orthodox leader, Petah Tikva Yeshiva head Rabbi Shai Piron, who has the list’s number two spot.
“The past few years have exposed me to issues within Israeli society which I have dedicated myself to trying to improve – polarization, extremism, inequality and unfairness. As an educator I have been troubled by the direction in which we have been heading in our education system. I am proud to be part of a party which has raised these issues as its flags…I have had the honor of spending significant time with members of the Yesh Atid list in recent weeks. It is a remarkable group of men and women – some who have dedicated their lives to Israel’s security, some to education, some to discrimination and human rights,” Lipman reportedly said during his announcement tonight.