French Jews protest against visit by 'divisive' Israeli rabbi

French Jews protest against visit by 'divisive' Israeli rabbi September 18, 2017

Approximately 40 Jewish protesters, some of them affiliated with liberal congregations, showed up at a rally last week outside the Buffault synagogue in Paris ahead of the arrival there of Shlomo Amar, above, an Orthodox chief rabbi from Jerusalem.
The protesters, according to this report, displayed signs accusing Amar of being mysogynistic and homophobic.
Amar visited France as a guest of the Consistoire organisation, a state-recognized framework that provides Orthodox Jewish communities with religious services in France.
Earlier this month, Amar said that Reform Jews were worse than Holocaust deniers in an address concerning demands by followers of Liberal Judaism for changes in the rules of worship at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Amar has also called homosexuals “crazies” and “obscene people,” and has said that women are made to care for children and provide for their families so that men may become “great sages” in studying the Torah.
Michael Amsellem, one of the protest’s organisers, wrote in a statement:

These words ostracise a significant part of the Jewish people.

He noted that Amar was, ironically. invited for a lecture titled “Unity and the Month of Elul”.
The protest rally also was promoted by Delphine Horvilleur, a female rabbi and editor of the Tenoua Jewish magazine. Tenoua released a banner reading:

Misogyny, homophobia, hate and contempt: not in my synagogue.

This was to show the “rejection” by some members of French Jewry, the world’s third largest with 500,000 members, with:

The honour shown by communal representatives to a man that propagates scandalous statements, rife with homophobia and openly promotes hatred for whole sections of World Jewry.

Amar has visited the French capital many times before. His visit last Tuesday was the first time that he was met by Jewish protesters.
Meanwhile, it was reported at the weekend that the Israeli government said it would amend adoption law in the country to give same-sex couples equal rights.
The state on Sunday made the announcement during a hearing at the Supreme Court in response to a petition regarding adoption by same-sex and common-law couples filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, with the Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement, against the Social Affairs Ministry and the attorney general.
The state said it would introduce the new legislation by June 2018. The agreement comes less than a month after the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs reversed its opposition to allowing same-sex couples to adopt in the country. The government had initially told the court that given the “reality of Israeli society”, same-sex parents put an “additional burden” on their adopted children.
The agreement to introduce the new legislation led to the court dismissing the lawsuit, though the court reminded the two sides that if the legislation is not forthcoming, the petitioners could return to court.
Riki Shapira Rosenberg, lead attorney for the Israel Religious Action Center, said in a statement:

The court recognised the merits of the petition presented to them and decided to encourage a fundamental change in Israel’s adoption policy. From now on same-sex families, who deserve the right to adopt like any other family, will have that right.
We will continue to closely monitor the legislative processes following the petition to ensure that the Government follows through on its commitment and soon.

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  • barriejohn

    The “ultra-orthodox”will resist all progress in the field of human rights:
    I’m not going to mention you-know-who, but you know what I’m thinking!

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Excuse me, Shlomo, but there’s a box on your head.

  • Johan

    There is an object in that box nearly identical in size shape colour and texture as a dried pea. Its SloMo’s brain.

  • Daz

    I felt quite sorry for the woman in that Grauniad piece, until the final two paragraphs. Seems she’s perfectly happy with the idea that full citizenship should depend on a person’s Jewishness; she’s merely unhappy with her own right to be a part of the ethno-religious elite being questioned.
    As to “you know who,” it’s amazing how easy it would be to swap in the word “Aryan,” in that story, isn’t it.

  • barriejohn

    Daz: Yes. Sadly, she’s only upset because SHE can’t be a member of the group.

  • Broga

    “Excuse me, Shlomo, but there’s a box on your head.”
    Let’s get serious for a moment and seek the solution to a mystery. How does Schlomo stop that box falling off his head: blue tack”; sellotape: glue; tacks; supreme and continuous balance. And the questions keep coming: does he wear it in the shower? during sex? when washing his hair.
    I think we should be told.

  • andym

    ” [He] has said that women are made to care for children and provide for their families so that men may become “great sages” in studying the Torah.”
    It’s a con that has worked brilliantly for millennia. I suppose you would get uppity if you became worried its days were numbered.

  • L.Long

    Here is an alternative for the french jews…QUIT the damned silly religion!!! If you don’t like following the bigoted hate filled dogma, then throw it out!! And if the silly customs are that important…then follow the rules! or change the rules and tell the bigoted old men in funny hats to piss off, who needs them!

  • AgentCormac

    I can’t imagine why the delusional old fool reminded me of this:

  • RussellW

    L Long,
    Yes, it’s self-inflicted misery, isn’t it, but that’s religion.
    Yes, I read that article, however I don’t have any sympathy whatsoever, Zionism is a racist ideology.

  • Great Satan

    Can’t he just get back to the task of getting others to fight their wars for them ?! ;

  • Broga

    Great Satan: But problems in Israel where fundamentalist Jews refuse to do military service. The government says you must do it. They say, “get lost. We know best and we are not doing it.” (I paraphrase).

  • Tee

    He is why Jews are becoming more and more disliked. It is beyond argument that fundamentalist shitehawks like him undermine everything in the ME and discredit all those in the diaspora especially those who are on the cusp of atheism. And he and his equivalent in the islamic world guarantee that world peace is a dream that will remain unfulfilled for centuries to come … and maybe even for ever. Shite, Shia, Jew and Christian repel and repulse each other to such a degree that they are bound to let their immutable hatred lead to killings and even global war.

  • barriejohn

    Tee: And the big problem is that these groups (especially the Jews) don’t WANT concord with the others because their “holy book” states that their god decreed many centuries ago that there was to be perpetual enmity between them, e.g. Isaac and Ishmael, and Esau and Jacob. Such attitudes are almost beyond belief in the 21st Century.
    “I have loved you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How have You loved us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob; but I have hated Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.” Though Edom says, “We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the ruins”; thus says the LORD of hosts, “They may build, but I will tear down; and men will call them the wicked territory, and the people toward whom the LORD is indignant forever.” (Malachi 1:2-4)
    More here, from a “Christian” point of view:

  • Tee

    Especially the Jews? Really? I’d be much more fair handed than that and class the jews and muslims as equally set against concord. Christians not so much now that christianity has been forced to become less keen on casual violence.
    I will wait for dissenting responses.

  • barriejohn

    Tee: I wouldn’t argue with you, except to point out that in America many Christians support the Zionist position, and also believe quite literally that this enmity is unavoidable because it says so in the Old Testament. The invasion of Iran may be just around the corner, after North Korea has been “destroyed”. It’s madness. (See Great Satan’s link, above).

  • Great Satan

    …and whilst we are on the subject “Judeo-Christianity” has also been successfully debunked as a modern day political myth – just search it – ie ;