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|Rabbi Shmu'el Eliyahu|
Rabbi of Tzfath
Jerusalem, July 15, 2013
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the recommendation by Israel’s attorney general against Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu’s candidacy for the July 24 election for Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has reportedly determined he would be unable to defend Rabbi Eliyahu, who has been widely criticized for a number of anti-Arab statements he has made over the years, from legal challenges by those who would accuse him of racism.
“Israel’s chief rabbis not only serve as the most public religious authorities in Israel, they are also role models for many Israelis and are seen as important figures in Jewish and other faith communities around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Rabbi Eliyahu’s racist statements and extremist views make him ill-suited to serve in such a high-profile and important Israeli government position.”
On July 11, ADL wrote a letter to Naftali Bennet, Israel’s minister of religious affairs and head of the Habayit Hayehudi Party, questioning support for Rabbi Eliyahu by a majority of members of the party, “…without giving adequate consideration to Rabbi Eliyahu’s record of inappropriate, offensive and, at times, racist statements and positions about Israeli Arabs and Palestinians.”
The League has publicly objected to certain positions adopted by Rabbi Eliyahu, including the use of his capacity as chief rabbi of Safed to direct Jewish residents not to rent apartments to Arabs, a matter that was subjected to an official Ministry of Justice investigation.
Rabbi Eliyahu also reportedly made comments suggesting that Israel should indiscriminately bomb Palestinians in response to rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, saying that, “If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand. And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don't stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Believe it or not, Foxman is right about one thing.
"...they [Israel's Chief Rabbis] are also role models for many Israelis and are seen as important figures in Jewish and other faith communities around the world"Foxman appears to be overly concerned over "what the goyim will think," just like so many nebekhy, galuth (exile)-minded Jews, worshiping modernism and progress, at the expense of forsaking their heritage, The Holy One, Blessed Be He's Torah. May The Almighty please grant them guidance!
If doing ones best to follow the Torah in every aspect of ones life, not just what to put into my mouth and what I can or cannot do on Shabbath, but how to run a [truly] Jewish military, how to fight a war, and how to interact with goyim in various situations, means being a racist and an extremist, then I personally plead "guilty."
In the case of any conflict, Torah Law precedes any and all laws established by human beings, Jews or otherwise.
It would be nice to have a real role model to Jews and non-Jews alike, by showing Israel and the world what it means to be a rabbi, one who is not afraid to express those politically-incorrect words of Torah, which so many try to cover-up, apologize for, or otherwise attempt to interpret away, instead of having a puppet.
So far, Rabbi Shmu'el Eliyahu shlit"a seems to fit the bill.
Foxman never brings a single halakhic source to counter Rabbi Shmu'el Eliyahu's rulings and stances, which he supports with halakhah. Rather, he appears to stand by a Western/assimilationist/galuth view of the world instead.
This is why the Anti-Defimation League could not possibly be a Jewish organization, its complete absence of Torah. And if it does not claim to be one, then even more so, it certainly does not serve any truly Jewish interests, only those of keeping Jews in galuth, and stuck in a galuth/assimilation-oriented mentally,...learning to be even more like the Western goyim they so seem to idolize (pun intended).
I am sure you can now see why the Sanhedrin was not appointed by just anyone. There was no Hellenist democratic process, nor deMOCKratic process, only Torah scholars involved, quite possibly like Rabbi Shmu'el Eliyahu.