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AJC condemns both Religious Zionism and ‘parties on opposite end of spectrum’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Itamar Ben Gvir at a polling station in Ofakim during election day, March 23, 2021. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)
Itamar Ben Gvir at a polling station in Ofakim during election day, March 23, 2021. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)

The American Jewish Jewish Committee issues a statement condemning both the election of Kahanist and homophobic candidates from the Religious Zionism party as well as those on the opposite end of the spectrum.”

“We note with deep concern the apparent entry of representatives from the far-right Otzma Yehudit and Noam parties into the Knesset,” the group says, referring to Itamar Ben Gvir and Avi Maoz respectively.

“We are also concerned about those on the other end of the political spectrum who deny Israel’s very right to exist, even as they are elected via Israel’s democratic system—and embrace such terror groups as Hamas.”

AJC does not specify which parties on the other end of the spectrum it is referring to, nor did it provide examples for the allegations.

“We reiterate AJC’s longstanding policy not to deal with extremist voices and parties in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere, including, notably, in Europe,” the statement concluded.

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