Israel’s Education Minister compares intermarriage to the Holocaust

Israel’s Education Minister compares intermarriage to the Holocaust July 12, 2019
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JEWISH groups have expressed outrage over a remark made recently by newly-appointed Education Minister Rafi Peretz, above, who claimed that the rate of intermarriage among US Jews is ‘like a second Holocaust’.

Peretz, a former chief rabbi of the Israeli army, is the leader of the Union of Right Wing Parties bloc.

He blamed intermarriage for the “loss” of lost six million Jews over the past 70 years.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, which has taken Israeli politicians on tours of American Jewish communities in recent years, condemned Peretz’s remarks as “irresponsible and disrespectful”.

The foundation’s President, Jay Ruderman, said in a statement that:

Israel’s government has a moral responsibility to maintain and improve the country’s relationship with Diaspora Jews in general, and with the American Jewish community in particular. It is irresponsible and disrespectful to talk about US Jews without talking with them.

I call upon all of Israel’s leaders, and especially those in office, to dedicate time and resources to learn more about the American Jewish community, its life and its challenges. A conversation between the sides is needed. But this requires time and planning, not random comments detached from an ongoing, respectful discourse.

The American Jewish Congress also condemned his remarks:

Assimilation challenges Jewish continuity and Diaspora identification with Israel and must be grappled with. Minister Peretz’s comments, however, are offensive and unhelpful.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, was also critical of  Peretz.

It’s inconceivable to use the term ‘Holocaust’ to describe Jews choosing to marry non-Jews. It trivializes the Shoah (Holocaust). It alienates so many members of our community. This kind of baseless comparison does little other than inflame and offend.

Peretz made the statement at a cabinet meeting on July 1 which included a briefing by Dennis Ross, Chairman of the Board of the Jewish People Policy Institute, on trends in Jewish communities around the world, especially in North America. The topic of intermarriage came up during the briefing.

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  • Anri

    He appears to be directly equating marriage to a gentile to being actually murdered.
    If someone hasn’t pointed that out to him, they should.

  • Jack the Sandwichmaker

    Similar to “White Genocide” claims about interracial marriage

  • Michael Neville

    Despite being a civilian cabinet minister, Peretz wants everyone to know that he’s a retired Israeli Army brigadier, qualified as a pilot and a paratrooper. I hope the Israeli Education Ministry has some dedicated civil servants because I doubt the minister cares much about education.

  • firebubbles310

    He is Orthodox. Anyone who isn’t Orthodox isn’t Jewish enough for him. He wouldn’t count Reform Jews or be happy that there are Liberal Orthodox sects who are allowing for women rabbis. No wonder so many American Jews have a problematic relationship with Israel.

    Man am I glad I am Reform. I don’t ever plan on making Aliyah or going there because of attitudes like his (and human rights abuses).

  • al kimeea

    Comparing anything with The Holocaust is rather tacky. Unless it’s another holocaust and even then… All this concern makes it seem like the end of the pure line will happen quite soon rather than looooong after this numpty is knoshing with Yahweh, if at all. You’ll be dead, why care what our species looks like.

  • al kimeea

    I see a trend. A Conservative gov’t in ON appointed a high-school drop-out in charge of education.

  • sweeks

    isn’t there a survival advantage in genetic diversity?

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Monotheism loves its racial purity:
    And so-and-so begat so-and-so, who begat so-and-so…

  • Jim Jones

    Sounds like the Eisenhower Effect.

  • Jim Jones

    Of course.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    This letter is a response to Rabbi Peretz , the education Minister of Israel, being criticized by the ADL for stating
    that the scale of assimilation in North America and the world is like a second Holocaust. (Times of Israel July 8 2019). While I am aware that this comparison is hurtful to the survivors of the Holocaust and their children, I said the same thing years ago; at that time I was attacked by survivors and the press for my opinion. There is so much intermarriage today; people don’t realize that it is 50-70% depending upon the city. If there is not a kosher conversion in the case of the mother, the child is not Jewish and that line of Jewish lineage dies. I have converted many to Judaism. Rabbis must not stick their heads in the sand. We must convert as many people as we can back to Judaism, especially in the case of a baby born to a non Jewish mother. As a Rabbi I write this to help, not criticize. Rabbi Peretz was courageous; he told the truth. Now we need a courageous solution. ‘I am angered by Rabbi SCHMULY Y. s article intermarried JEWS are not a second holocaust…. what do you call it when in some communities intermarriage is at 90 per cent , I call it a holocaust. I judge no one and respect all human beings, I have done my share of conversions to bring people back to JUDAISM .
    I am the son of holocaust survivors of blessed memory and I tell the truth, intermarriage is a second holocaust .

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • kaydenpat

    Ford is horrible.

  • kaydenpat

    Rosenberg is as stupid as Peretz. Voluntarily marrying someone of a different faith is not a Holocaust.

  • al kimeea

    While true aboot Drug Fraud, it was Mikey Harris in the 90s who appt’d Snobolen, who was filmed outlining his strategy to “bankrupt” education to create a “crisis” to enable any changes…

  • rubaxter

    Another old fa&#8203rt who is hanging on to his paycheck by giving up thinking.

    BTW, how does feck&#8203wit here ‘bring back’ people to Judaism if they were victims of this fabled Second Holocaust? THEY SHOULD BE DEAD, unless, as always, he’s just demeaning the memory of those ‘blessed survivors’.

    With any luck, he and his bigo&#8203t6ed life will be gone, soon enough.

  • rubaxter

    Pilot and paratrooper, BIG DEAL!

    Proves he’s a FECK&#8203WIT SURVIVOR, AND THAT’S ALL!

    Doesn’t take much to be both of those, just some intelligence, luck, and the stoopidity to risk your life at far worse odds than being in another branch of the service so’s you can buff your resume.

    The old joke is, military pilots don’t earn more, they just earn it faster.