I was disgusted and heart-sick to read the words spoken at the recent Shabbat morning sermon by the Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Yitzchak Yosef. Two of his racist remarks were appalling.
In one , the Chief Rabbi said that non-Jews should not be allowed to live in Israel. Unless they agreed to live by the seven Noahide laws, they should be deported to Saudi Arabia, of all places.
Is the Sephardi Chief Rabbi aware of the number of Jews, including many of his own flock, who do not abide by the Noahide laws, including a Sephardi former President of the State of Israel who is in prison for illicit sexual relations? Instead of releasing or paroling him, should he be deported to Saudi Arabia?
These horrible racist comments from the mouth of a Chief Rabbi are akin to the words of Haman, vizier to King Ahasuerus, whose words were read last week in synagogues around the world.
“Get rid of the Jews. Don’t let them live in our country. They do not abide by our laws. Exterminate them”.
Our unholy Holy Land is sacred to the three monotheistic religions who worship the One God of us all.
Should we deport the Neturai Karta who do not abide by the laws of our land, who defame our country, who raised the white flag of surrender in 1948 preferring to live under Jordanian authority rather than live among Zionist Jews, who travel to Iran to offer blessings to the haters of Israel?
Should we allow an avowed racist to serve as one of our country’s Chief Rabbis?
In his second comment, he quoted from the Torah that it is permitted to kill someone who is intent upon killing us. But he generalizes and permits soldiers and citizens alike to kill Arabs if they suspect them of carrying a knife. He is encouraging the murder of Arabs.
What picture do his words paint to the outside world of non-Jews? Will they see all of us as racists and would-be murderers?
The Chief Sephardic Rabbi has desecrated all of us with the stain of racism and hatred of non-Jews.
He has forgotten to follow in the footsteps of Aharon, brother of Moshe Rabbenu, and High Priest of the ancient Israelites. “Ohev shalom v’rodef shalom”… Love peace and pursue peace.
Yitzchak Yosef does none of these. His foul words disgrace us all.