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Is Ben-Gvir Becoming a More Family-Friendly Version of Kahanism?

Has the avowed Kahanist ‘become more moderate’? Judge for yourself
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Dr. Tomer Persico is a research fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. He was the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at U.C. Berkeley, where he was also a Senior Research Scholar in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Persico is a social activist advocating for freedom of religion in Israel. A leading thinker about secularization, Jewish Renewal and forms of contemporary spirituality, Persico writes the most popular blog in Hebrew

“MK Itamar Ben-Gvir’s promise, in an interview with Sefi Ovadia and Yanir Cozin on Army Radio, to expel MK Ofer Cassif from the country, might at first glance be seen as an encouraging sign – at least he isn’t targeting Arabs exclusively.

Kahanism is etched in the public memory as a sick, racist doctrine on an ideological par with the Nuremberg Laws. Rabbi Meir Kahane proposed segregating Jews and Arabs at beaches, banning marriage between Jews and Arabs, denying Arabs the right to vote and to be elected and making Jerusalem, by law, a city in which Jews alone could reside.”

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