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29 Aug

Israeli Religious Figure urging genocide of Palestinians

Saeb Erekat slams remarks by Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Who Said Earlier Palestinians “should perish.

By Haaretz Service , The Associated Press and Jack Khoury 

Israel’s former chief rabbi Ovadia Yosef*

 Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Sunday slammed remarks by the spiritual leader of Israel’s leading ultra-Orthodox party, who said the Palestinians should “perish”, saying that it was paramount to incitement to genocide. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Sunday slammed remarks by the spiritual leader of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox party Leading, Who Said the Palestinians should “perish”, Saying That It Was paramount to incitement to genocide.

Erekat called on the Israeli government to denounce the remarks by Israel’s former chief rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and to take action against racist remarks by other elected officials. Called Erekat is the Israeli government to Denounces the remarks by Israel’s Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef form, and to take action Against Racist remarks By Other élu officials. He also criticized Israel for allowing the incident to pass without condemnation. He Also Criticized for Allowing Israel to pass the incident Without condemnation.

Yosef had said during his weekly Shabbat sermon that the Palestinians, namely Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, should perish from the world. Said Yosef HAD DURING Loved weekly Shabbat sermon That the Palestinians derived, namely Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “should perish from the world. Yosef, a founder of the Shas Party, also described Palestinians as evil, bitter enemies of Israel. Yosef, a founder of the Shas Party, ALSO Palestinians have described “evil, bitter enemies of Israel.

“All these evil people should perish from this world … God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians,” Yosef had said. “All people should” argument evil perish from this world … God should “strike ’em with a plague, and thesis Palestinians’ em,” HAD Yosef said.

The 89-year-old is a respected religious scholar but is also known for vitriolic comments about Arabs, secular Jews, liberals, women and gays, among others. The 89-year-old Is a Religious scholar goal RespectEd est aussi Known for vitriolic comments about Arabs, Secular Jews, liberals, women and gays, among others.

“Is this how the Israeli government prepares its public for a peace agreement?” “Is this how the Israeli government was prepared for ITS public peace agreement?” Erekat said, days before Israeli and Palestinian leaders were scheduled to meet in Washington for the launch of renewed direct peace negotiations. Said Erekat, Israeli and days before Palestinian Leaders Were Scheduled to Meet in Washington for the launch of direct peace negotiations year of construction.

“While the PLO is ready to resume negotiations in seriousness and good faith, a member of the Israeli government is calling for our destruction,” Erekat said. “While the PLO is Ready to resume negotiations in good faith and seriousness, a member of the Israeli government o Is Calling for destruction,” Erekat said. “It is an insult to all our efforts to advance the negotiations process.” “It Is an insult to all efforts to advance o the negotiations process.”

Erekat called on Israel “do more about peace and stop spreading hatred” and said Yosef’s comments could be placed within the larger context of Israel’s “policy against a Palestinian state” such as settlement expansion, home demolitions, among other things. Erekat said Israel is Called “do more about peace and stop Spreading hatred” and Said Yosef’s comments could “Be Placed Within The larger context of Israel’s” policy Against a Palestinian state “such as settlement expansion, home demolitions, Among Others Things.

MK Jamal Zahalka, chair of the Balad Knesset faction, sent a letter to the Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, demanding that Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef be investigated and tried for racist incitement and incitement to murder. MK Jamal Zahalka, chair of the Balad Knesset faction feels a letter to the Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, Shas spiritual leader demanding work That Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Be investigated and tried for racist incitement and incitement to murder.

“Yosef’s comments are especially dangerous because he keep repeating himself again and again, so he must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” MK Zahalka said. “Yosef’s comments are dangerous Especially Because ET keep repeating again and again Himself, so must ET prosecuted to the fullest Be extents of the law,” MK Zahalka said.

According to Zahalka, Yosef is not a minor public figure, but a spiritual leader than has hundreds of thousands that follow his religious edicts, and his comments can be understood as permission to kill Palestinians. According To Zahalka Yosef Is Not a minor public figure, a spiritual leader Than goal Has Hundreds Of Thousands Follow That Loved Religious edicts, and His comments can Be Understood have permission to kill Palestinians. Zahalka added, “If, heaven forbid, a Muslim spiritual leader were to make anti-Jewish comments of this sort, he would be arrested immediately.” Zahalka added, “If, heaven forbid, a Muslim spiritual leader Were to make anti-Jewish comments cette fate, hey would Be Arrested Immediately.”

MK Ahmed Tibi, chair of the United Arab List-Ta’al Knesset faction, also responded to Yosef’s comments, saying that the rabbi “has long since turned into the biggest blasphemer, the evilest purveyor of hatred and killing, which are contrary to all religions.” MK Ahmed Tibi, chair of the United Arab List-Ta’al Knesset faction, ALSO Responded to Yosef’s comments, Saying That the rabbi “has long Turned Into the Biggest Since blaspheme, the evilest Purveyor of hatred and killing, Which are Contrary to all religions. MK Tibi called upon Yosef to reconsider his call for all evildoers to die, “because without realizing it, he is calling for his own death.” MK Tibi Yosef Called upon to Reconsider Loved Evildoers call for all to die, “Because Without Realizing it, HE IS calling for His Own Death.”

Netanyahu’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Netanyahu’s Office Did Not Immediately sponds to a request for comment.

Israel has accused the Palestinian government of incitement against the Jewish state, including by naming streets after Palestinian militants. Israel Has the Palestinian government accusé of incitement Against the Jewish state, by naming streets after Including Palestinian militants.

The Palestinian Authority has dismissed such allegations, though US President Barack Obama told Abbas earlier this year he needs to do more to halt incitement against Israel. The Palestinian Authority Has Dismissed SUCH allegations, Though U.S. President Abbas Obama Told Earlier this year ET Needs to do more to halt incitement Against Israel.

*Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (Hebrew: (born 1920, Basra, Iraq) is a Sephardic Haredi rabbi, Talmudic scholar, and recognized halakhic authority. He is the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel and the current spiritual leader of the Shas political party in the Israeli Knesset. He is highly revered in the religious world, especially in the Sephardi and Mizrahi communities, for his erudition and Torah scholarship.

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