MK petitions HCJ to disqualify Eliyahu from rabbinate race

July 16, 2013 14:11


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MK Esawi Freige (Meretz) petitioned the High Court of Justice Tuesday morning to disqualify Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu from the running for the position of Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel.

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Monday night said he would not defend Eliyahu's nomination, which has not been formally declared, in the Court and barred the Safed Chief Rabbi from running for the position because of derogatory statements he made in the past regarding the Arab community.

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