The elections committee on Monday decided to censor segments of campaign ads of several major parties for their illegal use of images of IDF soldiers.
The Central Elections Committee chairman, Judge Elyakim Rubenstein, ruled that ads for Likud-Beytenu, Hatnua, and Kadima were in violation of the rule. He instructed the parties to excise the portions of the ads that were to be run on Monday that featured IDF soldiers.
It was not clear whether the parties would be fined for the violation.
Rubenstein previously ruled against the Jewish Home for using IDF soldiers in its campaign advertising. Jewish Home had to pay a fine of just over $1,000 for a poster in which IDF soldiers were depicted carrying the party’s logo and the slogan: “Loving the country, serving the country.”
Rubinstein said the ad violated a law banning use of the IDF “in elections propaganda in any manner or fashion that suggests the IDF is identified with any party of list.”