Naftali Bennett, a former prime minister, has sued a rabbi for 1 million shekels after the latter erroneously claimed that Bennett’s parents, Myrna and Jim, were not Jewish.
According to the defamation case, hundreds of thousands of people saw the fraudulent statements and “appalling epithets and curses.”
On social media, the rabbi has more than 150,000 fans.
Bennett used Google users’ suggestions to include the terms “Christian” or “convert” while searching for his mother as evidence of how widely accepted the allegation was.
Bennett stated that his mother, Myrna, had “several inquiries over the previous year about doubts about her Judaism,” which “caused her considerable grief and sadness.”
Myrna’s parents are from generations of Jews, some of whom “were slaughtered in the Holocaust for being Jewish.”
Bennett stated that any financial compensation he receives from the case would be given to charities that support the families of IDF soldiers who have died.
Over $292,000 is the equivalent of one million shekels. He erroneously claimed Bennett’s mother underwent a Reform conversion in the US and that he is “worse than a dog,” who at least is faithful, in “sermons” that were published online.