New York – Benzi Gopstein, the leader of an extremist Jewish group, called for the expulsion of Christians from Israel, calling them “blood-sucking vampires.” Gopstein, head of the far-right Israeli group Lahava (Flame) posted a comment on the ultra-Orthodox website Kooker last week calling Christians “impure” and demanding their expulsion from Israel, according to Israeli media.The extremist also wants Christmas celebrations banned from the region. “Christmas has no place in the Holy Land,” Gopstein was quoted as saying. “Missionary work must not be given a foothold. Let’s throw the vampires out of our land before they drink our blood again,” he added.According to Al Jazeera which contacted Gopstein after he made his racist remarks, he tried to justify his remark by saying that he had only accused Christian missionary groups of being “vampires.”Ahmad Tibi, Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, condemned the Lahava organization as a “hate group” that spreads “racist violence against Muslims and Christians.” “The Israeli government is complicit [in and is] aiding and abetting racists and terrorists like Gopstein,” said Tibi commenting on why the Israeli authorities do not react to bigotry.According to the same source, Gopstein and his terrorist organization were accused of inciting the burning down of Christian churches in Israel, last August.Moshe Klein, rabbi of Israel’s Haddash medical centers quoted Gopstein as saying, “That’s the last thing that concerns me. If this is truth, I’m prepared to sit in jail 50 years for it,” he answered when told he could face arrest for his incendiary comments.Gopstein’s group Lahava, which is the Hebrew acronym for “preventing assimilation in the Holy Land” also opposes marriages between Jewish women and Arab men. They chant “death to the Arabs” during these weddings, U.K.’s The Telegraph reported.Al Jazeera quoted an Israeli researcher as saying that Gopstein is “even despised by the Israeli right-wing establishment” and regarded as “dangerous” by Israeli security.According to the same source, the two Jewish terrorists who were arrested last August for the arson attack to the home of a Palestinian family, which burned their 18-month old baby alive, were members of Gopstein’s Lahava group.Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu described the firebombing of the home that took the lives of four innocent Palestinians as a terrorist act that would not be tolerated and would be prosecuted.However, both alleged Lahava terrorists were released and set free uncharged less than five months after the attack.