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Protesters in Jerusalem Rally Against Rabbinic Ruling
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Protesters rallied in Jerusalem against a rabbis' ban on renting apartments to Arabs.

About 150 demonstrators on Wednesday night took up positions across from Jerusalem's Great Synagogue to protest the rabbinic ruling, issued Tuesday by dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis.

"Racism is blasphemy" and "Rabbis' letter – public blasphemy" read the signs carried by some of the protesters.

"You who have put your name on this letter, and all your supporters, you the leaders of nationalist, fundamentalist religious movements, you cannot claim that you would remain silent if the same were done to our Jewish brethren. This is not a religious issue, this is an issue of humanity; no man should be allowed to speak in this way," former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg said at the rally, Ynet reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the rabbis' ruling. Israeli civil rights organizations and Knesset members criticized the ruling and called for rabbis who signed to be fired from their jobs. Municipal chief rabbis' salaries are paid for by the state.

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12/09/2010 - 13:41
Avraham Burg, Benjamin Netanyahu, civil rights, Israel, Racism
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Those who are so quick to denounce our rabbis as "racists" no doubt have never organized protests against the truly disgusting racism of the Arab states and entities, such as Jordan, where selling property to a Jew can bring the death sentence in the courts, or in the "Palestinian" areas, where formally or informally, the same end may await any Arab selling to a Jew. Our "human rights" activists fail to acknowledge that Arabs are buying or renting properties throughout Israel, but that when a Jew moves into an "Arab neighborhood" the world denounces the Jew. So the rabbis say, hey, this IS a Jewish state. Let's not forget the vast areas across North Africa and into the Middle East available to Arabs to live areas from which Jews cannot live safely, except in Morocco and Tunisia.

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