Election Ad Gaffe May Cost Yisrael Beiteinu Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Right-wing party displayed picture it claimed to belong to arch-terrorist, but it turned out to be Arab-Israeli lawyer.

Moti Kimche

An election ad by right-wing party Yisrael Beiteinu may cost it millions of shekels, after it wrongly depicted an Arab-Israeli lawyer as being behind a deadly 2002 terror attack by Hamas, Israel National News reported Wednesday.

Lawyer Mohammed Abed formally sued the party for 2.5 million shekels ($627,000) on Tuesday.

"I am shocked and really afraid,” Abed told Channel 2, according to Israel National News. “I do not leave my house – neither I, nor the members of my family. I see this as a public call to murder me.”

The ad presented a picture of Abed, mistakenly saying it was a photograph of Abbas Sayed, the Hamas terrorist who orchestrated the suicide bombing at the Park Hotel, Netanya, in 2002, which killed 30 people in the deadliest terror attack of the second intifada.

Last year, Abed was charged with passing notes from Hamas leaders to jailed operatives. One of the people he is accused of passing notes to is Sayed, who is serving 35 consecutive life terms for masterminding the Park Hotel bombing.