Above: Baruch Marzel
Extremist Zionist Orthodox Knesset Candidate Refuses To Shake Hands With Arab-Israeli Judge
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The late right-wing extremist demagogue Rabbi Meir Kahane’s former Knesset aide, Baruch Marzel, created a media storm of sorts in Israel before Shabbat.
Marzel has the fourth slot on former Sefardi haredi Shas Party head Eli Yishai’s new hybrid extreme right wing Yachad–Otzma Yehudit Party, and when Yishai, Marzel and the Knesset list members of that new party went to the head of Israel’s Central Elections Committee, retired Supreme Court Justice Salim Jubran, to turn in the final Yachad–Otzma Yehudit list for the upcoming Knesset elections, Marzel would not shake Jubran’s hand.
Jubran is an Arab-Israeli.
Marzel – who is also an activist with the right-wing racist Lehava organization that has been tied by police to several recent anti-Arab hate crimes, including the arson of a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem – claimed he refused to shake Jubran’s hand out of principle.
When he was a sitting judge, Jubran used every opportunity to attack Israel and the IDF, Marzel reportedly claimed, noting that he even once refused to sign Israel’s national anthem, HaTikva (The Hope). I’m not in the habit of shaking hands with people who are against us, the people of Israel (Am Yisrael; the Jewish people) and the State of Israel, Marzel reportedly said.
However HaTikva talks about a Jewish state but doesn’t have anything to say about the rights of Israel’s minorities, and the anthem has been controversial in minority circles for years as a result.
The translated lyrics:
As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,
With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion,
Then our hope - the two-thousand-year-old hope - will not be lost:
To be a free people in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.