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Will he show up? Rabbi Eliyahu Photo: Efi Sharir
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Intellectuals: Firing racist rabbis not enough

Dozens call on State to prosecute municipal rabbis who called not to rent, sell apartments to Arabs; say other option is 'dictatorship that will destroy Israel'

Yair Altman
Published: 01.02.11, 00:12 / Israel News

Safed's chief rabbi, Shmuel Eliyahu, has announced that he will not show up for a police interrogation regarding the municipal rabbis' call not to sell or rent apartments to Arabs.


Police officials said that if the rabbi, who is suspected of incitement to racism, does not attend a scheduled interrogation session at a Jerusalem station, they will consider taking additional measures against him.

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Meanwhile, dozens of intellectuals, politicians and artists have urged the state to fire the municipal rabbis who had signed the racist letter. "There is an immediate need to fire these rabbis, who are inciting and threatening to turn Judaism into racism, and see to it that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law," the intellectuals' letter read.


"But this is not enough. The government's weak response (to the rabbis' letter) has fostered escalation and inciting rhetoric, and has created a state of emergency," the intellectuals said.


"There are only two options: a proper, equal, free and normal country or a violent, racist dictatorship that will destroy Israel. Those who choose the first option must act immediately."


Among those who signed the letter are: Shulamit Aloni, Yoram Kaniuk, Dani Karavan, Zahava Gal-On and Naomi Hazan.



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