Behind the Scenes Israel Yisrael Beiteinu: A rival site whipping the chairman, libel charges and contacting the police • One of the activists: "Mute us" • The party: "Likudniks in disguise"
Chairman of Israel Beitano, Avigdor Lieberman // Photo: Oren Ben Hakun
The Israel House party is trying to fend off some Russian sector activists who run a site attacking the party led by MK Avigdor Lieberman.
The site, entitled "Danger from Our Home," shows Hebrew translations of the Israel House campaign in the sector. The fight escalated when the party filed a police complaint against one of the site's activities, claiming it "serves as a basis for distributing false and anonymous propaganda against Israel our home, including through bots."
Natalia Rotenberg, a veteran immigrant who was reluctant to immigrate in the 1980s, is one of the site's developers. The complaint filed by the police party against her. "We started to act because we felt Lieberman hit our life's work," she explained. "We came here to a Jewish state that is supposed to be a paradise without anti-Semitism. .
The site claims that the propaganda conducted by Israel Betinu in Russian "is radically different from that in Hebrew. This propaganda is directed at the same marginalized Russian society, with the intention of inciting dark instincts and turning them into extremist anti-Semitic opinions."
Max Brodsky, one of the site's operators
The site has been around for several months. The graphics are basic, and include some static pages that are updated periodically. One of the most prominent findings presented was the same video released by MK Alex Kushner two months ago, which came out against Nida guarding women. The video, whose version of the Hebrew subtitles prepared by Rotenberg and her friends was distributed on networks, caused an uproar.
Since then, they have no rest. "We are constantly receiving threats. We know who these people are. Call us and threaten us." She said, "Russian media outlets are also inciting. They have not written anything about our activities. They say it is not anti-Semitism but anti-Haredi. This site is so threatening to Lieberman, unbelievable."
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Rotenberg and her friends are planning a conference on Thursday this week, marked "not for hatred, yes for unity." One of the partners in the organization is Max Brodecki. He claims he is exposed to threats following an invitation to an event posted on Facebook. "There was a deliberate effort here against me to silence," he believes.
One of the reactions Brodecki received crossed the border for him. "Come on, get there and become 'Hatin 2020'." Hattin is a village in Belarus that was completely destroyed by the Nazis in the spring of 1943 on suspicion that its residents were cooperating with Russian partisans. "When I hear something like that, I interpret it as an explicit threat," Brodsky says.
He immigrated to Israel in the 1990s, served in the army, but he said he was still aware of what was happening to the Russian public: "Instead of the Russians integrating, Lieberman is keeping them in isolation."
Attorney Yitzhak Bam, representing Natalia Rotenberg, commented: "Freedom of expression also protects criticism against Lieberman. The claim that Rotenberg operates a network of bots is a hallucination. "
From Israel, our home said in response: "After a thorough examination, we identified that most of the activists on the site are allegedly supporters and activists of the Likud. The person who sent the response letter in the name of Rotenberg is a lawyer, a member of the Likud court. The findings were passed on to the police."