In August 2015, just two months after an arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, Mr Gopstein was summoned by the police after telling a religious conference that attacks on Christian churches were legitimate due to an edict attributed to the 12th century Jewish philosopher, Maimonides.
In response to a 2014 petition, the state told IRAC that a secret investigation approved by the attorney general against Lehava has been ongoing since 2012 - but that no decision whether or not to press charges has been reached.The webpage referred to the 'traitorous women who consciously and as a matter of ideology have chosen to leave the Jewish people and openly live with or marry non-Jews…We want to expose them to public view and let their shame be known.'Born in Bnei Brak, a strictly religious town on the outskirts of Israel's cosmopolitan and most liberal city, Tel Aviv, Mr Gopstein lost his father when he was 13 years old. They want to give Jerusalem, they want to give everything - but living together will never work.'In 2014, the Times of Israel reported three Lehava members were arrested and sentenced to prison terms for setting fire to a bilingual Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem and for spray painting racist incitement messages on the school walls echoing the views of Lehava - 'There is no coexistence with cancer'; 'Death to the Arabs'; and 'Kahane was right'.Aged 14, he met the extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane and became his ardent follower and activist.'The most important was that he spoke the truth, he wasn't scared. Activists from 'Talking in the Square', a grassroots organisation that every Thursday night holds a counter- Lehava gathering in Jerusalem in order to promote pluralist discussions of many core issues, say that the far-right activists have used a number of violent means to intimidate Arabs in Jerusalem.Then they started shouted 'Arabs beware',' says Giora, explaining that his groups pressured the police to clamp down on those slogans too.'I did this because we cannot as a country allow racist phenomena to endanger in a substantial way the fabric of life here.I did it because we must fight in every way attempts to discriminate among people because of their race, colour, sex or sexual preference,' Mr Yaalon said.