Anti-gay political party in Israel had totally lost

Noam, an anti-gay, hardline Orthodox Jewish party has dropped out of the Israeli general election, fearing it would fail to reach the 3.25% vote threshold that it needed to.

The political party claimed that it had attracted 70,000 supporters, which is half the number that the political party needs to enter the Israeli Knesset.

When Noam was active in the political campaign, it launched an incredibly controversial ad comparing gay people to child trafficking. The ad, which was to be displayed on a billboard and on the side of buses, said: “Pride and the buying of children, or having my son marry a woman — Israel chooses to be normal.”

Recently ahead of the September 17 election in Israel, the newly founded far-right party attempted to run the ads on a bus and a Jerusalem hotel wall. The advertising companies refused on the grounds that the ads “could be hurtful to whole communities.”

In response the party petitioned a parliamentary body chaired by Israeli Supreme Court justice Neal Hendel, who ruled that under election law, companies must sell advertising space to any party that wants it or none at all.

Israel decriminalised homosexuality in 1988. Same-sex marriages are not performed, but marriages performed elsewhere are recognised.

Advertising agencies attempted to have the ad banned, but a judge ruled that as the ad was electorally-related, the agencies had to run it. A different ad, also with anti-LGBTQ themes, was banned on YouTube for violating their terms of use.

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