Israel Chief Rabbi Amar condemned for ‘gay death penalty’ comment

Israel Chief Rabbi Amar condemned for ‘gay death penalty’ comment

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Image caption Rabbi Amar said homosexuals should resist their “lusts”

Israeli political and community leaders have called for a top Jerusalem rabbi to be fired after he said Jewish law prescribed the death penalty for gays.

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar told Israel Hayom newspaper homosexuality was a “cult of abomination”, which the Torah “punishes… with death”.

Several members of parliament have written to the prime minister to complain.

Rabbi Amar has previously been criticised for similar past remarks.

Last year he was rebuked for saying most people were “disgusted” by homosexuality, and calling Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade “an embarrassing phenomenon”.

In an interview with Israel Hayom, Rabbi Amar said it was “clear that it [homosexuality] is abomination. The Torah punishes it with death. This is in the first line of serious sins.”

Rabbi Amar was quoted as saying homosexuality was a “lust” which could be resisted “as with any other kind of lust”.

Although a fierce critic of homosexuality, in 2015 Rabbi Amar denounced the murder by an ultra-Orthodox Jew of an Israeli teenager at the city’s gay pride parade as “a terrible act of blood-letting… nothing can justify it”.

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Image caption Jerusalem’s gay pride parade has been a source of friction with the Orthodox Jewish community

While the Torah ordains the death penalty in theory for several types of “offences”, strict conditions historically made it almost impossible to apply, according to Orthodox Jewish tradition.

In response to Rabbi Amar’s latest remarks, several members of parliament and leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, said he should be sacked.

“A public figure that puts Israeli citizens’ life at risk using incitement and exclusion should be immediately fired,” three MPs said in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

An LGBT activist, Shirley Kleinman, made a complaint to police, accusing Rabbi Amar of incitement to murder.

“Let’s try and ensure that this man will not remain in his key public position,” Ms Kleinman said on her Facebook page.

“This is not an anti-religious issue… I do have an interest to protect my rights and your rights to live, and [to live with] dignity.”

One thought on “Israel Chief Rabbi Amar condemned for ‘gay death penalty’ comment

  1. WOW!
    What a great Judeo-Christian values spread!
    They seem to be looking a lot like the ISIS-values and norms…. killing homosexual people because they are homosexual…..

    Does this show that our so-called Judeo-Christian values are that much different then that of the ones we have labeled as inhuman, animalistic and barbarian?

    When it comes to values and norms we depend (or so it is said at least) we in the west are enlightened, and not barbaric as people held in the Middle Ages, and that is why we fight the values and norms, as well as the practices of and by for instance ISIS!

    Because “they” kill people for WHAT they are, homosexual, we throw bombs on them, because “they” tell their followers to throw homosexual people from the hgihest building in town we kill “them”….

    Will we now also starting to kill those who call for the killing of homosexual people when the call for such barbaric practices are done by our own people, like this Chief Rabbi?

    Probably not, but when we would be honest, we should throw a bomb on this man, we should sent out a couple of marines, or secret operatives, to put a bullet in this man’s head, shouldn’t we?
    He says exactly that what ISIS is telling its followers, he exactly tells his followers to kill homosexual people, for what they are, not for what they think or do, they are homosexual and thus they must be killed!
    We follow the values and norms as created by the Judeo-Christian society, and this same society tells its followers to kill and murder homosexual people for what they, not much different from what happens in Iran, people being thrown off high buildings, tortured for that they are, homosexuals, not much different with what ISIS is doing, so tell me someone, what is the difference between the Judeo-Christian values and norms and those of the Muslims in Iran and those of ISIS?

    I see no difference!

    Neither have I seen for instance Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch stand up and condemn the words by this animal (we refer to ISIS and the murderers in Iran as animals, so this man who says the same thing, and is practicing the same thing when he has his way is in fact an animal!), why don’t Amnesty International nor Human Right Watch stand up and condemn this man?
    Because he’s the leader of a group of people who we in the west accept as one of our leaders?
    Or is it because the man is a Jew?

    Anyway, this man is an animal, and should be stopped, without hesitation and without delay, regardless of what position this idiot has and holds, deport him to whatever camp, for what he is, for all I care kidnap and deport him to Quantanamo Bay, and put him there indefinitely for incitement of hate, for calling to kill people, for spreading hate!



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