Elections c'tee: Parties can't use IDF soldiers in ads

Na’ama Margolis removed from Meretz ads; Am Shalem to stop using Ovadia Yosef's image.

Banned Bayit Yehudi IDF ad 390 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Banned Bayit Yehudi IDF ad 390
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Likud Beytenu, Kadima and the Tzipi Livni Party removed images of IDF soldiers from their advertisements on Monday, following a ruling by the Central Election Committee.
Committee chairman Judge Elyakim Rubinstein decided the parties may not use soldiers in their ads, following complaints.
The Election Law forbids parties from using the IDF in its campaign in a way that makes it seem as if the military belongs to or supports the party.
The committee also banned Bayit Yehudi from using soldiers in its campaign advertisements last month, and is investigating complaints that the party has not stopped doing so.
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Also Monday, Meretz removed the image of 8-year-old Na’ama Margolis from their ads, after the Central Election Committee received a complaint from her mother, Hadassah Margolis, who did not know her daughter would be appearing in the campaign.
The Margolis family became well known after haredi men harassed and spit on Na’ama on way to her school in Bet Shemesh.
In addition, Am Shalem agreed to remove a photo of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef from its advertisements, after the latter party complained to the committee.
According to Shas, Am Shalem ads on the haredi news website Hadrei Haredim “humiliate and disrespect our great rabbi.”
Am Shalem said it would consult with the Central Election Committee should it plan to use Yosef’s image again.