Israeli court asked to kick tax cheats off TV talent shows
Good-government group says singers Eyal Golan and Moshe Peretz set a bad example for viewers of 'Rising Star' and 'The X-Factor Israel.'
The Movement for Quality Government in Israel on Thursday petitioned the High Court of Justice to remove singers Eyal Golan and Moshe Peretz from their reality talent shows on Channel 2 television, due to their indictments for tax crimes.
The two are judges, respectively, on “Rising Star” and “The X-Factor Israel,” produced by Channel 2 licensees Keshet and Reshet, respectively.
In its petition, the good-government organization noted that despite having been charged, together with his production company, with evading taxes in excess of NIS 2.5 million, filing fraudulent tax reports and filing false receipts in order to reduce his tax liability, Golan is still a judge on “Rising Star.”
Similarly, the group said, Peretz and his manager were charged on May 22 with failure to report revenues of NIS 1 million between 2007 and 2009, filing false tax reports and keeping false books.
“Paying taxes is one of the foundations of the social contract of democracy and ... is a duty that is incumbent on all citizens and residents of the country,” the violation of which is subject to criminal prosecution, the petition stated. Giving prime-time exposure to individuals who have been charged with serious tax crimes lends them the status of culture heros, the petitioners argued.