Chief Rabbi of Israel speaks!

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"Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel," said Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in a sermon in Israel on October 16. Rabbi Yosef is the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel and the founder and spiritual leader of the Shas Party, one of the three major components of the current Israeli government. "Why are gentiles needed?" he continued. "They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi [master] and eat," he said to some laughter.


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He's a minority a$$hole from the Shephardics. Dangerous only insofar as he influences the Orthodox to get involved in the military; something that they used to avoid; preferring to "study "!! Lazy hoors!

Controversial remarks regarding Arabs and Palestinians

In 2001 Yosef was quoted as calling for the annihilation of Arabs, instructing his followers that "It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable."[33] Yosef later said that his sermon was misquoted, that he was referring to annihilation of Arab terrorists and not of all Arab people.[34] He called for improving the living conditions of Arabs in Israel, and said that he has deep respect for peace seeking Arabs.[35]

Israeli Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit condemned the sermon, saying: "A person of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's stature must refrain from acrid remarks such as these. (...) I suggest that we not learn from the ways of the Palestinians and speak in verbal blows like these." Salah Tarif, an Arab Israeli minister, also criticized Yosef, saying "his remarks add nothing but hatred".

Rabbi Yosef drew criticism from the US State Department in August 2010 following a Saturday morning sermon in which he called for "all the nasty people who hate Israel, like Abu Mazen (Abbas), vanish from our world... May God strike them down with the plague along with all the nasty Palestinians who persecute Israel."[36]

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said Yosef's statements were tantamount to a call for genocide against Palestinians and demanded a firm response from the Israeli government. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced himself and his government from the sermon, stating that Yosef's words "do not reflect my approach or the stand of the Israeli government."


Controversial remark regarding non-Jews

In a sermon in October 2010, Yosef stated that "The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews". He argued that gentiles served a divine purpose: "Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. That is why gentiles were created."[40]

The American Jewish Committee condemned the rabbi's remarks. AJC Executive Director David Harris wrote, "Rabbi Yosef’s remarks -- suggesting outrageously that Jewish scripture asserts non-Jews exist to serve Jews -- are abhorrent and an offense to human dignity and human equality [...] Judaism first taught the world that all individuals are created in the divine image, which helped form the basis of our moral code. A rabbi should be the first, not the last, to reflect that bedrock teaching of our tradition."

The remark was also condemned by the Anti-Defamation League.
 

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Chief Rabbi of Israel speaks!
You expected something more from 'Gods Chosen People'?

All of the people who claim the Jewish god are mad as a bag of cats.

When they have World War III oh how we will laugh.

Seriously though we should ban Kosher and Halal slaughter as well a child genital mutilation. Also get the priests out of the schools. The secular world should not tolerate intolerants and their dangerous fables.
 

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"Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel," said Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in a sermon in Israel on October 16. Rabbi Yosef is the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel and the founder and spiritual leader of the Shas Party, one of the three major components of the current Israeli government. "Why are gentiles needed?" he continued. "They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi [master] and eat," he said to some laughter.


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The guy is a religious fanatic who doesn't have any political power and he doesn't reflect the government, the party he founded or the majority of Israeli people.
 

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You expected something more from 'Gods Chosen People'?

All of the people who claim the Jewish god are mad as a bag of cats.

When they have World War III oh how we will laugh.

Seriously though we should ban Kosher and Halal slaughter as well a child genital mutilation. Also get the priests out of the schools. The secular world should not tolerate intolerants and their dangerous fables.
1) Do not misuse the word secular, a true secular society is one where people enjoy religious freedom regardless of sect or creed or lack of religious belief.

2) People usually obtain their religious beliefs from their parents not from their schools. And if parents choose to send their children to a school with a religious ethos they should be entitled to in any free society.
 

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1) Do not misuse the word secular, a true secular society is one where people enjoy religious freedom regardless of sect or creed or lack of religious belief.
With me secular is just a byword for keeping religion out of public life, and so far out that it withers and dies.

2) People usually obtain their religious beliefs from their parents not from their schools. And if parents choose to send their children to a school with a religious ethos they should be entitled to in any free society.
If they want to pay for it they can. The state should not have to, the state should be demonstrating to kids that fables of talking snakes etc. are bullshít
 
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1) Do not misuse the word secular, a true secular society is one where people enjoy religious freedom regardless of sect or creed or lack of religious belief.

2) People usually obtain their religious beliefs from their parents not from their schools. And if parents choose to send their children to a school with a religious ethos they should be entitled to in any free society.
Off topic but what has "religious ethos" got to do with the teaching of maths, science, geography and every other subject except religion?

Yes parents should have freedom of choice when it comes to schools but it ain't exactly 'free' when the choices are limited.
 

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Come on,'L'Chaim'............ when are you going to join this discussion and defend your Zionist fellow traveller.

It is people/racists like you (L'Chaim) and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef who give decent people in Israel (and there are many) a bad name by virtue of your and his sectarian, bigoted and partisan support for Israeli extreme right-wingers.

Israel is much bigger than your and this type of Jew, thanks be to God.

Sooner or later, Rabbi Yosef and you will be seen for what you are, and honourable, decent and tolerant Jewish and non-Jewish people and their supporters (and they do exist) in Israel will show you (plural) the contempt which you deserve.

You (plural) are no better than and very comparable to similar extreme apologists for Muslim hysteria and terrorism. You and they are two sides of the same bad penny.
 
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Minority?

He's a minority a$$hole from the Shephardics. Dangerous only insofar as he influences the Orthodox to get involved in the military; something that they used to avoid; preferring to "study "!! Lazy hoors!
Errr...a$$hole maybe but hardly just a minority, read this part again: “Rabbi Yosef is the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel and the founder and spiritual leader of the Shas Party, one of the three major components of the current Israeli government.”

Israel is slouching towards theocracy. And just like Saudi Arabia or the Holy Roman Empire, when government and religion mix people get stoned and burned at the stake. In fact, the holy rollers in Israel have and are behaving towards Palestinians same as holy rollers in the US behaved towards Native Americans with pogroms and segregation. Each cited the Bible as their religious authority for ethnic superiority, mass killings and native population removal.

Now the good news: as Israel becomes more ideologically cohesive it will become more isolated to the point of being just another short lived European Crusade in the Holy Land.

Praise be to God!
 

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On a similar note:

Interior Ministry's Oz police unit accused of beating U.S. immigrants
Their lawyer: Police yelled at them, 'Afro-Americans, kushim [darkies], we don’t need you here.'

By Bradley Burston

The Interior Ministry's controversial Oz immigration police unit has been accused of beating and verbally abusing members of an African-American family from Kansas City whose members converted to Judaism several years ago, and are living in Ashkelon pending a decision on their citizenship request.


An Oz official questioning a foreign worker in Tel Aviv.

Photo by: Nir Kafri
Kristien Garrett, 24, who is seven months pregnant, was taken by ambulance to Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital after the Oz unit operation. During the operation, several officers detained her husband Sean, telling family members that his name did not appear "in the system" of the ministry's Population Registry.


Witnesses said Kristien Garrett's one-year-old daughter and Garrett's mother Trina Woodcox were struck a number of times as the officers moved to detain Garrett's husband. Sean Garrett was allegedly handcuffed, beaten repeatedly and subjected to racial slurs while in custody; he was later released when ministry officials determined that his visa was valid.

The Oz unit, which spearheads a high-profile Interior Ministry campaign to track and expel foreign nationals who lack valid permits to remain in Israel, admitted to having detained a family member in error, but denied allegations of use of physical force. It countered that family members had attacked them with "cursing and swearing."

The family had come to Israel at the invitation of the Interior Ministry, which asked to interview them prior to a final decision on their request for immigrant status. Ministry officials held a hearing on their case last month, a step in the process toward receiving citizenship.

When Woodcox, who held the family's documents, asked to accompany Sean Garrett in the police van, "officers grabbed her by her hair and her head, and pulled her by her leg," dragging her out of the vehicle, Kristien Garrett told Haaretz Thursday, after her release from the hospital.

The officer with her mother "turned around and started hitting me and my child in the face," she said. Her husband tried to help her, "but two other officers jumped on him, handcuffed him, and beat him up while the other officer was hitting me and my daughter."

Neighbors left their houses to come to the family's aid. "Everything was just a big frenzy," Garrett said. "One of the neighbors came and took my daughter away from me, so that she wouldn't be hit any more. The police officer was kicking me and hit me in my stomach, and I hit him back, to get him off of me."

Another neighbor called an ambulance. Kristien Garrett was taken to Barzilai with cramps, and hospitalized overnight. She has now been discharged on bed rest.
The lawyer for the family, Nicole Maor of the Israel Religious Action Center, said that they had been subjected to racial abuse by the police officers, who reportedly yelled at them: “Afro-Americans, kushim [darkies], we don’t need you here.”

Family members said the officer who had struck Kristien Garrett later returned and apologized to Sean for beating his wife. "He said that he had never hit a woman before, and that he felt bad for the mistake that had been made," Woodcox said.


Oz unit official Yehuda Ben-Ezra denied that the officers had used physical force against the family, saying that his inspectors had filed a police complaint alleging that the family had attacked them with profanity.


Questioned regarding Garrett's hospitalization, Ben-Ezra told Army Radio, "The woman is not in the hospital because of violence by inspectors. Really not." Pressed by news anchor Yael Dan, Ben-Ezra said "I have no idea why she was hospitalized - why she went to the hospital."

"You mean there was no violence there?" Dan asked.

"Not on the part of my inspectors. On the part of the residents, yes. On the part of my inspectors, truly no."

The morning after the incident, Trina Woodcox went to the Ashkelon police station to file a complaint against the police, but was rebuffed.

"They called her a liar, and said that they couldn't accept her complaint," said Maor.

Wilcox wrote Kansas City Reform Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff, who had converted the family to Judaism, "My heart is breaking right now.

"We have so much love for Israel. But it seems like Israel does not love us back."

Interior Ministry's Oz police unit accused of beating U.S. immigrants - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News


Or the Safed rabbis telling Jews not to rent to Arabs:
"The neighbours and acquaintances [of a Jew who sells or rents to an Arab] must distance themselves from the Jew, refrain from doing business with him, deny him the right to read from the Torah, and similarly [ostracize] him until he goes back on this harmful deed".
Safed rabbis urge Jews to refrain from renting apartments to Arabs - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Or paying African nations to take back African asylum seekers:
Bibi may pay to deport migrants - Israel News, Ynetnews

Or another former Chief Rabbi saying that all Palestinians should die in a plague, or another rabbi saying that not only is it not a sin, it is a good deed to kill someone who opposes Israel. Or the rabbi who said the IDF had a moral imperative to use Palestinians as human shields.
 

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You expected something more from 'Gods Chosen People'?

All of the people who claim the Jewish god are mad as a bag of cats.

When they have World War III oh how we will laugh.

Seriously though we should ban Kosher and Halal slaughter as well a child genital mutilation. Also get the priests out of the schools. The secular world should not tolerate intolerants and their dangerous fables.
+1
 

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He's a minority a$$hole from the Shephardics. Dangerous only insofar as he influences the Orthodox to get involved in the military; something that they used to avoid; preferring to "study "!! Lazy hoors!
Of course, "nothin' to see here".

Downplay, obfuscate and ignore. Jewish fundamentalists, representing a major segment of the Jewish population of Israel and the other lands it controls, are to be portrayed as a small bunch of impotent, harmless weirdos, despite having had very significant leverage in almost every Israeli government over the past decade and more, and despite their having long been the beneficiaries of US and EU foreign policy. These "lazy hoors" just keep getting their way, somehow. How did that happen? Weird, eh?

Keep insisting that Zionist settlers are not supremacist bullies. Keep pretending that the Palestinians on the West Bank aren't suffering daily abuse, violence and dispossession at the hands of Jewish fanatics. Focus instead on the most extreme Islamists as representing all Arabs/Palestinians. That's the line that's got to be hammered home, over and over.

Good lads. Well done. Keep up the good work. A job in the Israeli Embassy Press Office awaits.

Double standards are essential for those who fervently support Israel. Where would you be without them.
 

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This individual is clearly an extremist, and not at all representative of mainstream Jewish opinion, never mind that of Israelis in general.

His comments go against the very essence of classical Jewish thinking. The term "God's Chosen people'' is a widely misunderstood term. It refers to the Jewish burden of carrying God's message to all the nations of the world, not any sense of superiority.

You expected something more from 'Gods Chosen People'?

All of the people who claim the Jewish god are mad as a bag of cats.

When they have World War III oh how we will laugh.

Seriously though we should ban Kosher and Halal slaughter as well a child genital mutilation. Also get the priests out of the schools. The secular world should not tolerate intolerants and their dangerous fables.
So let's show the intolerant the error of their ways by being even more intolerant ourselves?

Have a rethink.
 

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The term "God's Chosen people'' is a widely misunderstood term. It refers to the Jewish burden of carrying God's message to all the nations of the world, not any sense of superiority.
Please, spare us the doublethink. How can you possibly think that you've been singled out and chosen by God Almighty, and yet not think that you're special on account of it? All these little invented cliques and ethnicities think that they're special, the Zionists are an extreme case.

So let's show the intolerant the error of their ways by being even more intolerant ourselves?
Well it isn't more intolerant. It is equally intolerant. These conceited fools aren't tolerant of one another, they've cause endless violence in every century. They've been hanging on by the skin of their teeth since the Enlightenment and it's time for them to go. We should not be tolerating barbaric ritual slaughter or child genital mutilation in Ireland or indeed any people who consider themselves superior on account of some pretended instructions from God.
 

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Of course, "nothin' to see here".

Downplay, obfuscate and ignore. Jewish fundamentalists, representing a major segment of the Jewish population of Israel and the other lands it controls, are to be portrayed as a small bunch of impotent, harmless weirdos, despite having had very significant leverage in almost every Israeli government over the past decade and more, and despite their having long been the beneficiaries of US and EU foreign policy. These "lazy hoors" just keep getting their way, somehow. How did that happen? Weird, eh?

Keep insisting that Zionist settlers are not supremacist bullies. Keep pretending that the Palestinians on the West Bank aren't suffering daily abuse, violence and dispossession at the hands of Jewish fanatics. Focus instead on the most extreme Islamists as representing all Arabs/Palestinians. That's the line that's got to be hammered home, over and over.

Good lads. Well done. Keep up the good work. A job in the Israeli Embassy Press Office awaits.

Double standards are essential for those who fervently support Israel. Where would you be without them.
You need to relax a bit. I don't fervently support anyone or anything anywhere.
However I'd like to point out to the terminally wrong that the population of Israel is in the main composed of the descendants of Jews from the Former Ottoman Empire whose numbers are now boosted by Jews from the former Soviet Empire. That Israel should remain as democratic as it is is nothing short of a minor miracle.
People make the elementary mistake of believing that Israelis are Europeans -gone-wrong.....Howard Jacobson or Bernard-Henri Lévy with attitude ! They're not ; they're a Middle East caste no better and no worse than the other Middle Eastern cultures they share space with and who are as intransigent as the Jews. Two irridentist groups in other words.
If it wasn't for the backing America gives to Israel - and the cash it dispenses to some of the Palestinian factions - none of this would even register with a western audience at all.
 

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It can't be long now until we hear from that extreme right wing Israeli apologist 'L'Chaim' for whom no excess by the Israeli Goverment, or Defence Forces or other fundamental bigots is too great.

Must call the Israeli Embassy in Dublin and alert them that their unofficial/official spin doctor is asleep on the job.

Or may be the revelations here and elsewhere (see thread about Nazi offspring getting a 'very warm welcome in Israel') are a trifle too embarassing.

Thanks 'Kilenee'.....very enlightening post.
 
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You're right!

Ocoonassa said: "Well it isn't more intolerant. It is equally intolerant. These conceited fools aren't tolerant of one another"

I used to live next door to a young Israeli couple in the States.

They were both born, raised & educated in Israel.

They met while students at an Israeli university after their military service there.

However, they were not permitted to get married in Israel because they were not considered to be sufficiently Jewish.

They had to move to New York City to get married.

So you're right.
 


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