A Knesset Interior Committee meeting on anti-miscegenation organization Lehava’s harassment of Jerusalemites erupted into pandemonium over the NGO’s chairman Benzi Gopstein’s attendance on Tuesday.
In addition to opposing marriages between Jews and non-Jews, Lehava, whose name is a Hebrew acronym for “Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land,” publicly shames Jews who rent homes to Arabs and opposes employing Arabs. In 2014, three members of the organization were charged with arson and vandalism of a bilingual Hebrew-Arabic school in Jerusalem. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon weighed classifying Lehava as a terrorist organization earlier this year. Gopstein, a disciple of Rabbi Meir Kahane, was arrested on suspicion of incitement and racist violence in 2014.