The Likud is planning to expel three prominent activists from the party, including Yitzhak Zarka, who made headlines last month when he called anti-judicial reform protesters “Ashkenazim” who should “burn in hell.”
A petition was filed for the Likud to expel Zarka, Rami Ben Yehuda, and Moshe Marom, according to an internal file leaked to The Jerusalem Post. The three will be kicked out of the party pending approval by the central committee.Zarka in particular came under fire last month for yelling at anti-judicial reform demonstrators “Ashkenazim, may you burn in hell. Not for nothing did six million die. I’m proud. If only six million more would burn,” in an apparent reference to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust. Zarka has been photographed in cozy photos with many top Likud ministers and MKs.
Not all Likud members support expulsion
The move to expel the three has been met with opposition by some in the Likud, with one member saying, “I do not remember any other party that expelled any of its members for excessive anger.”Ben Yehuda is a prominent right-wing Twitter activist who, according to the filing, has repeatedly made inappropriate comments on his accounts, including statements such as calling left-wing activists, anti-reform protesters, and journalists “our enemies from our midst,” and “the slaves of Satan and the antisemitic and deadly forces of evil who fought against the Jews in Europe,” as well as “white pigs,” and “alien Germans.”
The filing lists Marom as the leader of the “‘Treacherous Leftists’ demonstrations and as someone who repeatedly poses and takes pictures with ‘Leftists are traitors’ signs.”The petition includes the reason for the request of expulsion, saying “the individuals are well-known activists in the movement and outside of it, their actions and statements, which are made in the name and for the alleged sake of the Likud movement, harm the good name of the movement’s members and supporters.”Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the time of Zarka’s comments said that “We will not accept such shameful behavior in the Likud movement,” and called for his removal from any official party role.