Gideon Levy, a columnist for popular Israeli news outlet Haaretz is being sued by the Chomesh Yeshiva for passing offensive comments against students that study at the school.
The defamation lawsuit against Levy asks for half a million NIS in damages for the journalist’s on-the-record public comments which were demeaning, hateful, and anti-religious. Apart from these public comments, Levy also published an op-ed that echoed his statements.
In a recent television interview, Levy called the students of the respected Yeshiva “subhuman” and accused them of hanging an Arab from a tree and burning his feet, which reportedly never took place. The lawsuit pointed out that Levy’s accusations are patently false, bigoted, and discriminatory. In addition, the term “subhuman” can be traced to Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Gestapo.
While on an interview with Israel’s Channel 13 Levy said that “I was in Chomesh several times and saw the people, and I saw how they behave, and I saw a young Palestinian that the Chomesh people hanged on a tree and burned his feet. There are at least 20 documented cases that come from Chomesh, so these people are allowed to be called subhumans … If you are not comfortable with calling them subhuman, let’s call them human scum.”
Rabbi Elishama Cohen, the Chomesh Rosh Yeshiva, filed the suit along with the yeshiva’s director.