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Extremist Noam Party demands headquarters to stop ‘foreign influence’

CM 01/04/2021

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The extremist right-wing Noam Party, part of the larger Religious Zionist list, said on Thursday that they will demand during coalition negotiations that a government headquarters be established to “prevent foreign anti-Israeli actors from infiltrating Israel’s public systems and affecting people’s consciousness, change their values and hurt national morale.”

The headquarters would work to “discover and neutralize” foreign interests in Israel using the principles of the Nation State Law, which has been widely criticized in the past for having the potential to legally determine Arab Israelis to be second class citizens. In addition, the party said it would work during the negotiations to “amend” Government Resolution 2331 to reflect “Jewish values,” as the Party sees them. Resolution 2331 was based on UN Resolution 1325, which urges countries to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts.Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid slammed the announcement on Twitter, writing on Thursday that “The Noam Party’s condition for Netanyahu: Repeal of Government Resolution 2331, which guarantees protection for women from violence and promises adequate representation for women.” “Is this the government you want?”, Lapid asked. “A disturbed, racist, chauvinistic government that will take Israel back to the Middle Ages? No sane prime minister or – nor any sane publically elected official – would allow such a thing to happen.” “It’s time for decisions,” he concluded, hinting heavily towards those who are still considering whether or not to recommend him to President Reuven Rivlin to be the one who forms the next government, namely Yamina leader Naftali Bennett.

Meretz Party MK Tamar Zandberg also responded to Noam’s demands on Twitter, writing that “The darkness mistakenly called the ‘Noam Party’ was hidden throughout the entire election cycle only to reveal that, in exchange for immunity for Netanyahu, they would demand we live in a “Handmaid’s Tale”-style world.”
“The Netanyahu government is not just a game of political seats, but a tangible danger to the safety of women and the LGBTQ+ community,” she added. 

Noam on Thursday also announced, as expected, that they would be recommending to President Rivlin that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be the one tasked with forming a government.

Noam is an extremist party established by radical elements from the hard-line wing of the religious-Zionist community – specifically, close associates and allies of Rabbi Zvi Yisrael Tau, president of Yeshivat Har Hamor.In 2019, before the second round of Knesset elections, the party set up booths around the country manned by activists handing out pamphlets explaining Noam’s plan to make Israel “a normal nation” with anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-reform movement slogans.Tzvi Joffre contributed to this article.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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