Extremist group said to issue call for religious affairs minister’s assassination

Days after the Shin Bet boosted Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana’s security, Haaretz reports that the decision came after an extremist religious group pronounced a din rodef, or “law of the pursuer” edict, against the minister.

The Talmudic edict allows extrajudicial killings of persons who represent a grave threat.

An unnamed security source tells the paper it is the most serious threat against a politician since a din rodef was issued against former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, prior to his assassination.

The minister has faced death threats as he pushes ahead with profound reforms of Israel’s religious services that are deeply unpopular with the country’s ultra-Orthodox community.

Minister of Religious Services Matan Kahana (Yitzhak Kelman)

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