ADL implores Likud to reexamine controversial rapper’s membership

Inclusion of Yoav ‘The Shadow’ Eliasi in party’s ranks sends ‘the wrong message to Israeli society’. In a Hebrew-language press release Wednesday, the American Jewish rights group Anti-Defamation League called on the Likud party to reconsider its acceptance of right-wing activist and rapper Yoav “The Shadow” Eliasi as a member. In a letter to Likud director Gadi Arielli, ADL Israel director Carol Nuriel wrote: “Since joining the party [last month], Eliasi has not refrained from lashing out at various sectors of Israeli society.” Eliasi’s choice expressions over the years, as collected by the Haaretz daily, have included a photo of him holding photoshopped testicles just after the 2014 kidnapping of three Jewish teenagers, with the words “Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu], I think you forgot these!” He has reportedly suggested “cutting the organs” of dead terrorists and donating them to the National Transplant Center, or castrating terrorists to prevent them cavorting with virgins in heaven as the reward for martyrdom. Eliasi’s latest stunt was a Facebook post comparing leftists to AIDS. The post garnered thousands of likes within a short time. This “exposed once again and in even starker terms the deep divisions in Israeli society and the decline in the culture of debate,” Nuriel wrote. Eliasi’s remarks were “a serious warning sign,” Nuriel added. “Historical and contemporary events have taught us that words lead to actions and that we must not evade our obligation to protect the health and security of Israeli society through the creation of respectful and worthy debate.” “We call on you to reexamine, with all the means at your disposal, the membership of [Eliasi] in the Likud Party. We believe that his membership…conveys the wrong message to Israeli society and hurts [Likud’s] reputation as a tolerant and liberal party.”

via timesofisrael:ADL implores Likud to reexamine controversial rapper’s membership

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