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        1/9/2013, Tevet 27, 5773

      Shas Rejects Criticism of TV Ad


      Shas's campaign headquarters rejected on Tuesday night the demand by MK Nino Abesadze to invalidate its ad which asserted that Russian immigrants did not convert according to Jewish halakha.

      "The television spot did not say one bad word about anyone. Intermarriage and fictitious conversions can lead to assimilation and loss of the Jewish identity of the state. A country which fights against assimilation abroad cannot allow assimilation from within," said Shas.

      "The ad was intended to illustrate the unbearable ease with which one can perform marriages under the law that Lieberman, one of the leaders of the Likud Beytenu, tried to promote," said the party. "In light of the positive responses to the ad among former Likud voters we will continue to air the ad tomorrow as well."