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Beit Shemesh mayor faces possible law-suit for libel

Rabbi Dov Lipman, who has been campaigning against ultra-Orthodox extremism in Beit Shemesh, has threatened to sue Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbol for libel following a recent interview with the mayor published in the weekly Ami Magazine on January 4.
Lipman, who heads the Committee to Sace Beit Shemesh, has taken particular issue with how Abutbol described him as having “fought against every building that went up to house haredim, night and day.” Abutbol also said in the interview that he “condemn[s] Dov Lipman and his cohorts who have been a thorn in the side of Bet Shemesh for years.” In a letter sent on Monday to the mayor, Lipman’s lawyers, ‏Azulay, Afik ,Ettinger & Co., state that legal proceedings will be taken against him unless he issues a retraction of his statements in the interview with Ami and pays NIS 127,000 in damages to Lipman.
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