MK Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) party has faced a slew of harsh insults on Facebook over her support for her party’s stance on same-sex marriage.
The Jewish Home party supports giving equal tax benefits to married couples and same-sex couples, but has opposed official government recognition of same-sex marriage.
Several of Shaked’s Facebook critics compared her to the Nazis.
“It’s a shame that the Nazis came first and the Jewish Home party only came later, they could have learned from you about more savvy, quiet racism. Maybe you can teach Russia how to do things a little more slowly and humanely,” one poster said.
Another wrote, “Goebbels would have been proud of you,” while a third posted a picture of prisoners in a Holocaust ghetto accompanied by the word, “Shaked’s next stage.”
Other posters called Shaked “garbage,” “a disease we need to cure,” and “disgusting.”
“You don’t deserve to live in an enlightened country, with educated people who took us out of the pit called religion… You deserve a husband who hits you, a miserable life, and the knowledge that your job is to crank out babies and keep your mouth shut,” one wrote.
Shaked received similarly insulting messages on her cell phone, such as: “[Expletive], I hope you have a kid who is a homo and then you’ll understand that he’s a person too and burn in hell,” one message read.
Shaked also received many messages of support. “I’m shocked at the curses from the ‘enlightened’ posters here… Don’t surrender to incitement, don’t give in to Yesh Atid’s agenda, stick to your current position,” one wrote.
Another criticized posters who said they were disappointed by the Jewish Home’s stance. “The Jewish Home party said explicitly that they oppose civil marriage. What did you want, for them to marry [gay couples] in the Rabbinate?”
The party was also criticized by Danny Dayan, the former head of the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council, who recently said he supports instituting gay marriage and civil marriage in Israel, and sees the Jewish Home party's position as homophobic.
Under Israeli law, the only marriage ceremonies performed in Israel that are recognized by the government are those conducted under the auspices of a recognized religion. The government also recognizes marriages performed overseas.
Coalition faction Yesh Atid is pushing for civil marriage ceremonies within Israel.
The Jewish Home party previously faced harsh criticism over its stance on terrorist release. Shaked stated that the criticism over that and other issues is clearly part of a strategic political campaign.