Former Labor Young Guard chairman and current party primary candidate Eran Hermoni submitted a request to the Central Election Committee on Friday to bar MK Michael Ben-Ari’s (National Union) candidacy for the 19th Knesset.
Citing the Knesset’s banning of Meir Kahane’s far-right Kach party in 1988 for inciting racism, alongside section 7A of the Knesset’s Basic Law, Hermoni listed reasons for proposing Ben-Ari’s disqualification in a letter to the Committee.
“In 1994, Kach was even defined as a terrorist organization and outlawed,” Hermoni asserted. “And now it seems that 25 years after the Supreme Court’s ruling... the unacceptable ideology of the Kach movement and Kahane is still alive and kicking and openly represented by Michael Ben-Ari.”
Hermoni stated that Ben-Ari was an active member of Kach, and unashamedly and openly believes in Kahane’s teachings, as written on the National Union website: “Ben-Ari describes himself as a disciple and successor of Rabbi Kahane, and supports the transfer of many of Israel’s Arabs and disobeying an order to evacuate settlements.”