'Racist' Likud Campaign Ads Banned By Central Election Committee

Slogans Like 'Returning Jaffa to Israel' Deemed Offensive

Campaign Zeal: Posters for upcoming municipal elections in Tel Aviv.
Haaretz
Campaign Zeal: Posters for upcoming municipal elections in Tel Aviv.

By Jonathan Lis/ Haaretz

Published October 17, 2013.

The Central Election Committee on Thursday banned campaign ads used by Likud candidates in the Carmiel and Tel Aviv municipal elections, saying they were racist and offensive.

Central Election Committee Chairman Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran ordered the candidates to stop the campaigns immediately, deeming them “racist and almost certain to hurt the feelings of Arab Israelis and disrupt public order.”

Likud campaign ads in Jaffa said “Silence the Muezzin in Jaffa? Only the Likud can.” Another ad showed a picture of Jaffa with the slogan “Returning Jaffa to Israel.”

In Carmiel Likud ran a campaign against building a fictitious mosque. As part of the campaign, numerous residents received a phone call from a man with an Arab accent who introduced himself as “Nabil” and invited them to a cornerstone laying ceremony for a mosque in the town. The Likud’s campaign jingle played in the background.

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