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Political: January 20, 2012

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An associate of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party, sent a document to the State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, which alleges that the Rabbi is responsible for a number of political appointments in borderline criminal ways.  The documents states that “Religious Affairs Minister Yaakov Margi [Shas] was appointed to his position in order to promote the selection of Rabbi Yosef’s family members and associates of the Shas leadership to top ranking positions in the Rabbinate in Israel.  The man behind the appointments is Rabbi Moshe Yosef, son of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and a powerful player in Shas.  He also heads the private ‘Beit Yaakov’ Orthodox court (“Badatz”) which makes millions in the kashrut industry.  These appointments were meant to promote Badatz in large cities.”

Political: 29 April, 2011

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The Minister for Religious Services, Ya’akov Margi (Shas), has reportedly been receiving a pension of NIS 13 thousand in addition to his salary for the past 8 years, allegedly illegally. In total, Margi received over NIS 1.2 million so far. This was made possible by the interpretation of the law offered by former director general of the ministry, Atty. Moshe Shimoni, husband to the granddaughter of Shas’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.