Twenty five Tel Aviv rabbis have endorsed a ban on renting out apartments to infiltrators and illegal foreign workers.
Residents of southern Tel Aviv neighborhoods asked the rabbis to sign ads to be posted across the city forbidding home owners from renting their property to illegal aliens. The initiative was first reported by Ynet about a month ago.
"We, the undersigned, neighborhood and synagogue rabbis, warn the public of the Jewish law bans and dangers posed by renting out homes to these people!!!" the ads say. Among other things, the rabbis encourage residents who "help maintain Tel Aviv's Jewish character.
The initiative was organized by various activists in south Tel Aviv neighborhoods who joined forced within a committee led by Shas city Councilor Binyamin Babayof.
According to the ad, which cites police statistics, crime rates have increased significantly in areas inhabited by illegal aliens, with about 40% of crimes being carried out by them. Babayof noted that infiltrators into Israel carried out five murders in the past year, and also spoke out against the "plethora of mixed marriages."
One of the signatories, Rabbi Hania Leviav, told Ynet: "Infiltrators from various countries arrived here and are harassing our girls. Anyone who thinks this is a racist petition should take in these people himself."
Rabbi Rami Yuniov added: "They are illegal and this issue must be addressed. They are not monitored and nobody handles them, and therefore we used our authority as rabbis and published this announcement, so they won't come here anymore."
Babayof plans to also distribute the ad to real estate agents, and if the move fails to resolve the issue, he intends to lead his activists on weekly protests.
Meanwhile, City Councilor Yael Dayan slammed the initiative, saying "it is completely racist and illegal, because Babayof is a public servant…this is incitement against a community that did nothing wrong to him; it's only premised on race and faith."