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Closed Society: 7 December, 2010

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Rabbi Yosef Sheinin, Chief Rabbi for the city of Ashdod, said that he signed the rabbis’ letter prohibiting the rental of apartment to Arabs because” “racism comes from the Torah. Eretz Yisrael is meant for the people of Israel. That’s what He of Blessed Name designated, and that is also how Rashi interpreted it.” He argues that this was not racism but separateness. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner of Beit El, who is also one of the signatories, said that a Jew should be given preference over a non-Jew and that he does not think that Arabs need to be given “reasons to take root in the country.” (Hebrew)

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December 11th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Closed Society: 7 December, 2010

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Over the past few weeks, dozens of municipal rabbis signed a rabbinical verdict prohibiting the rental of apartments to Arabs. Politicians active in the orthodox Zionist stream have started to sign rabbis onto the statement on this issue in order to lower the number of apartments rented to Arabs and to prevent Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Safad, who has already prohibited the rental of apartments to non-Jews. The politicians hope that since dozens of municipal rabbis, all of whom receive salaries from the state, have joined the call, the State Prosecutor will understand that the position is a principled one, deriving from Jewish religious law (halacha), and that legal and criminal measures cannot be used against these rabbis. The letter was signed by the following  municipal rabbis, among others: Yaakov Edelstein of Ramat Hasharon, Yosef Sheinen of Ashdod, Moshe Hevelin of Qiryat Gat, David Wolfa of Rishon LeZion, Avraham Margalit of Carmiel, Zion Suderi of Gedera, Shmuel David of Afula, Simcha Hacohen of Rehovot, Azarya Basis of Rosh Hayain, Yitzchak Yaakobovitch of Herzliya, Yeshayahu Meitles of Nahariya, Yeshaya Herzl of Nazareth Illit, David Sedaka of Pardes Hannah, and Avraham Ohayun of Ofakim. (Hebrew, English)