Rabinovitch. 'Radical groups of settlers and haredim trying to hurt him'
Photo: Noam Moskovich

Western Wall rabbi targeted

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch gets personal bodyguard after being harassed nonstop, receiving threats

Who is trying to hurt Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch? The Western Wall rabbi received a personal bodyguard several weeks ago after getting telephone threats and being harassed on a regular basis for the past few months.


In the past month, unknown assailants threw stones at the rabbi's car. Luckily, he wasn't hurt. In a separate incident, the car's tires were slashed.


"There are radical groups of settlers and haredim which are trying to hurt the rabbi," says a source involved in the affair. "They opposed his activity at Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai's tomb on Mount Meron, when he tried to find a solution for the control struggles around the complex, and the renovation of Joseph's Tomb by Arabs, which the rabbi was responsible for.


"Settlers have been making statements against the rabbi, like 'If you harm the Land of Israel – you'll be harmed."


In the past, the rabbi was attacked by an angry mob, members of the extreme Eda Haredit faction, while leaving the home of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.


The Prime Minister's Office, which the Western Wall rabbi is subject to, is funding Rabinovitch's security expenses following the police's evaluation of the situation.



פרסום ראשון: 07.06.11, 13:29
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