Beit Shemesh mayor faces possible libel lawsuit

Rabbi Dov Lipman, who has been campaigning against ultra-Orthodox extremism in Beit Shemesh, has threatened to sue Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbol for libel following his recent interview in the weekly magazine Ami on January 4.

Lipman, who heads the Committee to Save Beit Shemesh, has taken particular issue with how Abutbol described him as having “fought against every building that went up to house haredim, night and day.” Abutbol also said in the interview that he “condemn[s] Dov Lipman and his cohorts who have been a thorn in the side of Bet Shemesh for years.”

Additionally, Abutbol accused Lipman and other activists of “using the incident of the girl, Na’ama Margolese, who was spit on, to further their goals,” and having “poisoned the atmosphere” in Beit Shemesh.


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