Daily Israel Report

Nationalist MK to Sue over Journalist’s ‘Pro-Violence’ Slur

MK Orit Struk threatens to sue a former Haaretz journalist for claiming she supports attacking Arabs.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/22/2013, 12:58 PM

MK Orit Strook
MK Orit Strook
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Freshman MK Orit Struk is suing a former Haaretz journalist for claiming that she supports violent attacks on Arab civilians.

Struk has sent a letter to journalist Akiva Eldar demanding an apology for comments he made on the IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal) Osim Tzaharayim program. Eldar said, “Yesterday Yael German, who was originally from Meretz, was sworn in to Knesset, and opposite her stood Orit Struk, whose son is in jail and she praises him for attacking Palestinians.”

Struk’s son Tzvi was convicted of beating an Arab teenager. He continues to deny involvement, and says he was not even present at the place and time that the attack allegedly occurred.

MK Struk said that while she has argued that her son is innocent, she has never praised violence against Arab civilians as Eldar claimed. She demanded that he go back on the same radio program and apologize for his comments, or else face a lawsuit.

Eldar told Arutz Sheva that he will correct what he said if Struk publicly denounces her son’s actions.

Before the elections Struk sent a similar letter to journalist Nachum Barnea of Yediot Aharonot. Barnea had written that the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party list “is spotted with borderline types, extreme rightists or religious extremists,” including “a law-breaker from Hevron.”

Struk is the only Bayit Yehudi candidate from Hevron.

Barnea slandered Struk “with a clear purpose – to harm her voter support as much as possible,” argued the letter. Struk’s lawyer demanded an apology and compensation to the tune of 100,000 shekels.