Bayit Yehudi ordered to stop giving out fruit for Tu B'Shvat

The Central Election Committee chairman Justice Salim Joubran issued a temporary injunction.

February 4, 2015 10:44
1 minute read.
Bayit Yehudi fruit basket for Tu B'Shvat

Bayit Yehudi fruit basket for Tu B'Shvat. (photo credit: TWITTER)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Central Elections Committee chairman Justice Salim Joubran issued an injunction against Bayit Yehudi giving out dried fruit in honor of Tu Bishvat Wednesday, saying doing so breaks the law.

Following a complaint from a Rami Cohen of Jerusalem, Joubran ruled that the Tu Bishvat packages violate an article of the Election Law.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

According to the law, ”Election campaigning cannot be accompanied by entertainment shows, including appearances by artists, instruments, singing, showing films and carrying torches.

Election campaigning cannot include giving gifts, and, with the exception of events in private homes, cannot be connected to giving out food or drink.”

The Bayit Yehudi’s Facebook page featured a post on Tuesday evening with a photo of candidate Bezalel Smotrich and young volunteers at an intersection, with the text: “Loving Israel is back in style!” The post describes the volunteers’ efforts in giving out thousands of dried fruit packages with a Tu Bishvat poem and the Bayit Yehudi logo on the label in Jerusalem, Petah Tikva, Tel Aviv, Safed, Afula, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Kiryat Ono, Judea, Samaria and Binyamin.

Cohen wrote that giving out the dried fruit is meant to convince the public to vote for Bayit Yehudi, “raising suspicion that this is an election bribe according to the law,” as the Election Law states a bribe can be made with “money, something worth money, a service or other benefit.”

Joubran wrote in his decision that the purpose of not allowing parties to give out gifts is to preserve the election’s integrity, but he deliberated as to whether or not dried fruit fall under that category.

“My conclusion is that the set of dried fruit, which is the topic of the petition, despite its low price, is a gift, and as such, this is prohibited election campaigning through giving gifts,” he wrote.

Earlier this week, Shas distributed pitas stamped with the words “[Yesh Atid leader Yair] Lapid is concerned with sushi; we are concerned with bread,” to imply that he does not care about the poor.

However, the Central Elections Committee said no one filed a complaint about Shas as of Wednesday.

Related Content

Gideon Sa'ar
March 24, 2015
Sa'ar says national unity government is 'still on the table'