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Israel rabbis: Don't let to non-Jews

2010-12-07 14:03

Jerusalem - Fifty Israeli rabbis have signed an open letter warning Jews not to let or sell property to non-Jews, saying those who do should be "ostracised", a copy of the letter showed on Tuesday.

"In answer to the many questions, we say that it is forbidden in the Torah to sell a house or a field in the land of Israel to a foreigner," says the letter, referring to the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible.

The text, which was signed mostly by state-employed rabbis, warns "he who sells or rents them a flat in an area where Jews live causes great harm to his neighbours".

"After someone sells or rents just one flat, the value of all the neighbouring flats drops... He who sells or rents (to non-Jews) causes his neighbours a big loss and his sin is great," the letter said, in what was largely understood to refer to Israel's Arab minority.

"Anyone who sells (property to a non-Jew) must be cut off!!"

According to the Israeli news website Ynet, the letter was to be published in religious newspapers and distributed in synagogues across the country later this week.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel slammed the letter as "racist" and called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to condemn "the incitement expressed by the rabbis".

Call for Netanyahu to intervene


"Rabbis who are civil servants have an obligation to the entire public, including Israel's Arab citizens. It is unthinkable that they would use their public status to promote racism and incitement," the group said in a statement.

The organisation called on Netanyahu to take disciplinary action against state-employed rabbis who signed the document.

The letter appeared as tensions grow between religious Jewish and Arab-Israeli residents of the northern town of Safed, where local rabbi Shmuel Eliahu has called on Jews to avoid letting or selling property to Arabs.

There is a college in Safed that attracts Arab-Israeli students from the surrounding area, many of whom seek accommodation in the town while studying.

In October, a group of Jewish youths attacked several Arab-Israeli students at the college, shouting "death to Arabs" in an incident police had to break up.

Some 1.3 million Arab Israelis live in Israel, which represents about 20% of the population. They are made up of Palestinians who remained on their land after Israel's establishment in 1948, and their descendants.

Comments
  • sbouttell - 2010-12-07 14:16

    Just what we need. more hate spewing idiots in the world. The Torah is thousands of years old, and now all of a sudden it deals with realty issues?

  • Zara - 2010-12-07 14:38

    How soon they forget!

  • Gorilla - 2010-12-07 14:41

    It seems they have a very short memory...

      people.3000 - 2010-12-07 21:54

      I'm uninformed, forget what? That was very racist by the way...

  • Mohammed - 2010-12-07 15:02

    I wonder if encroachment on a non-jews land is also a sin? I'd like to see that text in the original and true Torah!

  • Mohammed - 2010-12-07 15:03

    Mr Editor.. Where did my comments go?

  • ismail - 2010-12-07 15:09

    where are all those that deny Israel is an apartheid state!

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-07 16:24

      Israel is worse than an apartheid state.Whites never used so much firepower on non-whites during apartheid SA.

  • stevebu - 2010-12-07 15:21

    so i cant sell my camps bay penthouse to mr smit oh dear

  • aavishkar.jugwanth - 2010-12-07 15:27

    Fifty Israeli rabbis + one hitler = property for all

  • Pop Idol - 2010-12-07 15:28

    If this isnt blatant racism and discrimination,then what is? Since when are priests employed by the state? Then why are rabbis employed by the state? And if you cannot now sell or rent property to arabs,even to christian arabs then where the hell must they live? Israel needs economic sanctions to be placed against it,but will that work? Of cause not,since they have the undying support of the USA.So its best to target the USA.The USA is the root of all these problems,and now they want to bomb North Korea and Iran as well to further their imperialist objectives.When I was young,I used to look up to the USA,but not anymore,my eyes have gone open.

      Mohammed - 2010-12-07 15:54

      Just as Great Britain is a "State of the US" so to is the US as "State of the illegal state of Israel". The US will bomb any country that it sees as a threat to itself or Israel and the plain truth is that the reason Iran is a target is because the US and Israel know that Iran is the most powerful country in the middle east and is a force to be reckond with. Uranium enrichment is just a lame excuse just as WMD was an excuse for the rape of Iraq.

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-07 16:21

      @Mohammed,,, I hope those fires never go out and spread all the way to Tel Aviv

  • james4usa - 2010-12-07 15:54

    Quotes from the Holy Talmud. Soferim 15 " Even the best of Goys should be killed" Zohar 39a Kill a Goy and go to heaven. Abodah Zara 36b Goy girls in a state of filth. Go to Real Zionist News and be wise.

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-07 15:55

    I'm not a Jew, but these are Gods people, the "people of the Book". This directive is based on a strict interpretation of Biblical imperatives. It is similar to not marrying outside of their faith, as with the Muslims. Personally I don't see anything wrong with it at all. Most of of the comments against are prejudiced , as far as I can see.

      selwynm - 2010-12-07 16:10

      You're an ass. from a Jew

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-07 16:24

      @Johnbradfield,,,did u know that most jews today are not even descendent of the 12 tribes of israel?? They are descendent of asian people that converted to judaism 700 yrs ago !!!,,Go do your research,i beg u ,the palestinians are at least descendents of abraham,and in fact,afghanis have genetic jewish ancestory.

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-07 16:28

    Come on, Selwynm, can't do better than that? Lets have a real opinion.

      amos - 2011-05-10 21:01

      I bet you are one of the relics of the South African Apartheid era...you are beneath any comment

  • Wow! - 2010-12-07 16:35

    To @Ismail - I owuld like to say, look at the moslem religion for partitioning of people and the hatred that some of your religous people spew. They need to reform. To this group of Jewish rabbis - get back on this planet. You need recognise that the world consits of other people AND don't spew prejudices over all AND justify this via the Torah. It is simply your interpretation

      ismail - 2010-12-07 19:08

      pls give me some examples...so that i can respond approritately

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-07 16:53

    Pop Idol, no I think you need to verify *your* research. You are sucking up misinformation, my friend. Anyway, what has that got to with 50 Rabbis in Jerusalem . . or the Pentateuch, for that matter?

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-07 17:37

      @johnbradfield,,,the state of israel depends on misinformation to be spread to further its racist objectives..I urge you,go do some research,u will be amazed

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-07 17:40

      @johnbradfield,,,the state of israel depends on misinformation to be spread to further its racist objectives..I urge you,go do some research,u will be amazed

      amos - 2011-05-10 21:09

      john***Here is more info on the so called Zionist Holy Creatures also visit the following for more research if that is within your capability :- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ileana-Ros-Lehtinen/6722353315?v=wall&filter=1 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ileana-Ros-Lehtinen/6722353315?v=wall&filter=1 http://www.whale.to/b/hoffman_m_h.html http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Hoffman.htm http://www.whale.to/b/hoffman11.html Talmud Hate Based on Talmudic halacha (law), several prominent Israeli rabbis, including Bnei Akiva's Rabbi Haim Druckman, has declared that "killing enemy civilians during war is normal." So what problem do the rabbis have with Hitler? Simply stated, his sin was based on the fact that, mistakenly thinking he was head of the Master Race, Hitler killed human beings; whereas Israelis, who know for certain they are the Master Race, merely snuff-out sub-humans.

  • v3 - 2010-12-07 17:31

    I do not support these nutters (the fatwa-issuing rabbis) but wonder how different they are from those "African Nationalists" who want to ban selling land in SA to foreigners.

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-07 17:56

    @Pop Idol, you didn't answer my question. Seems you are more interested in spreading misinformation.

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-07 18:35

      @johnbradfield,,,To answer your question,namely,these 50 rabbis have no right to tell the descendents of abraham that they cannot live there,since most jews are themselves not descendents of abraham but originate from asia.

      amos - 2011-05-10 21:14

      @johnbradfield27 Here is more info on the so called Zionist Holy Creatures and how their warped mind works, also visit the following for more research if that is within your capability :- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ileana-Ros-Lehtinen/6722353315?v=wall&filter=1 http://www.whale.to/b/hoffman_m_h.html http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Hoffman.htm http://www.whale.to/b/hoffman11.html Talmud Hate Based on Talmudic halacha (law), several prominent Israeli rabbis, including Bnei Akiva's Rabbi Haim Druckman, has declared that "killing enemy civilians during war is normal." So what problem do the rabbis have with Hitler? Simply stated, his sin was based on the fact that, mistakenly thinking he was head of the Master Race, Hitler killed human beings; whereas Israelis, who know for certain they are the Master Race, merely snuff-out sub-humans.

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-07 19:16

    @Pop Idol, like I say, nothing but misinformation. In my opinion, Israel does not belong to anyone but the Jews. Hey, but then I'm not prejudiced against the Jews :-}

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-07 19:45

      @johnbradfield,,,prove me wrong then.The real Jews are Falasha and Sephardic,not these Ashkenazi "Jews"..Other than that,they sinned and then God took the land from them.The second gathering of israel took place 500 years before Christ...There is no third gathering of Jews prophesised in the bible...Even the real jews are being misled by these wanna-bee Jews...

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-08 08:18

    @Pop Idol, you are sadly misinformed. The restoration of Israel is prophesied by the Lord Himself, see the Fig Tree Parable of Israel in Mathew 24:32-34. The prophesy was fulfilled on 29 November 1947. Get your facts straight and catch a wake-up. You are spreading misinformation my friend.

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-08 10:55

      @johnbradfield,,,Like I said,the second gathering of israel already happened 500 years before Christ..Theirs a difference between a jew and an israelite..Jews are these folks who converted to the jewish faith 700 yrs ago,they are not israelites and there is no 13th tribe of israel.Many palestinians are descendents of israel but converted to islam.The israelite priestly class namely cohen and levy have been destroyed due to intermarriage,which is why 10 tribes are lost forever and ever,with the remaining two tribe's descendents being Falasha black jewsd of ethiopia and eritrea and sefardic jews of north africa and iberia.Who runs this heretical state called Israel today? This fraudelent 13th tribe..Theres no misinformation on my part being spread,these are FACTS..This fraudulent state of Israel is going to be destroyed because of sin.Even ultra orthodox jews dont recognise it because they believe a messiah has to come first before israel gets re-established,,,go check your facts and see how even you have been misled by lies.

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-08 13:02

    The Messiah is on His way. He will be here before the end of this decade, and in your and my lifetime Kings will lay down their crowns. No mumbo jumbo about tribes of Israel can change the fact that the state of Israel was restored in 1947 as prophesied. I fear for you. Those preaching lies and hatred against God's people in the end-times will be judged. Ignorance will not be a defense.

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-08 14:11

      The Jews are not Gods people,all of us are Gods people and Christians have the duty to spread the word of God to the world.Jews live according to an old broken covenant,the very covenant Jesus didnt renew.They still consume Kosher food and keep Kosher homes,even though Jesus said that its not what u eat that makes u evil,but its what u say and do which does make u evil.There is no prophecy of Israel restored in 1948.Sadly,you too have been misled.

      Ashraf - 2010-12-13 17:17

      May I kindly ask how it is that you know the "king" or as far as I'm concerned the "Anti-christ" will appear before the end of the decade? Zionists

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-08 17:12

    @Pop Idol, Jesus did not come to change the law that Jews live by, He came to *fulfill* that law. Do yourself a favor - Google "Daniel's Time Line" and do some reading. Oh, and while your about it consult the Bible before you pronounce on it's Prophesies or lack thereof. Every single prophesy, including the restoration of Israel, has been fulfilled but one -- the Messiah's second coming.

  • johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-08 17:52

    @Pop Idol, I'm done with this page and will be moving on. However, if you wish to please feel free to mail me at gmail -- just add my user name in front -- nice talking to you, go well.

  • Krush - 2010-12-13 16:57

    It's their country let them do what they want. You don't see them telling us how to run South Africa. Muslims have their countries and within their countries they have their laws. If I'm in their country and break one of their laws I get judged by their laws.

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