Rami Sadan's appointment as the chairman of Israel's Channel 10 was frozen Wednesday until the Israeli High Court of Justice make a ruling in his case of alleged racist remarks against Mizrahi Jews, or Jews of Middle Eastern descent.
Shas was outraged after Sadan allegedly made comments during a Channel 10 board of directors meeting several days ago.
“Let’s admit the truth, I, like you, am in the elite, hate the Shas movement and the thief – Arye Deri. But we, as the elite, need to expand the channel’s circles, and appeal to Shas’s audience, to Massuda from Sderot,” Haaretz quoted Sadan as saying in first refernce to the party's leader and later to an idiom about the Mizrahi general public.
Shas's deputy mayors who filed the court petition – Ariel Busso of Petah Tikva, Nahori Lahiani of Safed, Tzvika Cohen of Jerusalem and Tzuriel Victor Krisfal of Elad - expressed wonder at Sadan's appointmen to head a public broadcasting network.
"It is inconceivable that someone whose appointment falls under the Broadcast Authority Law and whose position is so clearly public, important and far-reaching," they wrote in the petition.