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No to a religious war

0 Comments 15 December 2011

Almost everybody condemns the burning mosques and will surely condemn the recent arson of the mosque in the village of Burqua on December 15th . But the real test  will be to demand that the IDF  be prepared to protect the Palestinians when there are outposts evictions. It is clear to everybody that the reaction to evictions will be attacks against Palestinians and damaging of their property or their freedom of religion. From the beginning of “Tag Price” in 2008, Rabbis for Human Rights has demanded that the army adequately  be prepared for this, with no response.

These extremist settlers also want to drag us into a dangerous religious war. They take advantage of the weak situation of the Palestinians as subjects of a military regime in order to make of them their punching bag in their war against the army. If we do not protect the Palestinians’ rights we  ignore our Jewish duty to take care of the stranger who lives among us and our democratic commitment to protect the freedom to religion.

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