Death threats sent to Ayelet Shaked 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Ayelet Shaked)
MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) filed a complaint with Knesset Security
Wednesday night after an onslaught of threatening text messages were sent to her
phone by supporters of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
threats followed the Bayit Yehudi’s faction meeting on Monday, in which the
party gave Yosef one week to publicly announce that he supports a deal in which
the Bayit Yehudi would pass legislation allowing the reelection of Sephardi
Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, and Shas would support Zionist Rabbi Yaakov Ariel for
the Ashkenazi chief rabbi position.
Shas activists saw the Bayit Yehudi’s
limit of a week as an ultimatum to Yosef. Soon after, Shaked’s cellphone number
and the following message was sent to a group of Shas activists on the
instant-messaging smartphone application Whatsapp: “Friends, Ayelet Shaked
hasn’t apologized for her impertinence toward the genius Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, may
he live a long life. How can we be quiet when an MK from a religious party gives
an ultimatum to the greatest rabbi of our generation? We must all send her text
messages until she apologizes.”
Shaked received dozens of threatening
messages, including one that says “may you burn slowly in hell.”
said: “Apologize to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, may he live a long life, as soon as
possible, or you’ll die. What have you done?”
Shaked also received an SMS
telling her that her “days are numbered” for harming Yosef, and repeated a quote
from the rabbi during the election earlier this year, that the Bayit Yehudi is a
“house of gentiles.”
“Who are you to make an ultimatum to the greatest
rabbi of our generation? You’re lower than garbage,” a message read.
Wednesday night, Shaked filed a complaint about the messages to Knesset
security. They are being investigated.