Israel’s KKK on way to government? | The Electronic Intifada

A soldier stands at a concrete checkpoint plastered with posters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has brokered an electoral alliance that is almost certain to bring Israel’s version of the Ku Klux Klan into the Israeli parliament when elections are held later this month. Netanyahu’s primary aim is to make sure he wins a decisive majority by shoring up the far-right bloc so that he can pass an immunity law to neutralize his current corruption trial. Enter Otzma Yehudit, or the Jewish Power party. Otzma Yehudit is strongly influenced by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose virulently anti-Palestinian Kach party was barred from Israeli elections more than 30 years ago. Since being proscribed, Kach has been declared a terrorist organization in most western countries, including the United States, Canada and the European Union. Most of the leadership of Jewish Power had previously been involved with Kach, including its current leader, Itamar Ben Gvir, who held a position in Kahane’s movement in his student days. Jewish Power’s former leader and current chair, Michael Ben Ari, has been banned from entering the US because of his links to Jewish terrorism.

Israel’s KKK on way to government? | The Electronic Intifada