The indictment of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu provoked a variety of reactions for and against • The women of the Western Wall: "Hope that the decision will deter other extremists" • MK Smutrich: "Clogging mouths"
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
Oren Ben Hakon (Archive)
The High Court's decision to disciplinary prosecute the mayor of Safed, Shmuel Eliyahu, for racist and political remarks, drew reactions from a number of social organizations and public figures.
As will be recalled, in a long and reasoned judgment, the judges ruled that Elijah's words deviated from his position as mayor, and therefore there is room to subject him to disciplinary action.
Tag Meir, one of the petitioners, welcomed the decision: "Rabbi Eliyahu consistently incited against the courts, leftists, Arabs, the proud community and on the other hand sponsored the far right and Givot youth. The High Court today issued a red card to Rabbi Eliyahu and all inciting rabbis."
The chairman of the Association for the LGBT Hila Peer said: "It is not possible for public figures to use their position of power to attack the proud community and promote hatred, division and racism at our expense. This is a precedent-setting verdict that is a clear message to all members of the public." Towards the proud community. "
The Western Wall Women's Organization also welcomed the decision: "Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu hardly misses any opportunity to attack anyone who does not share his narrow, separatist and divisive worldview. The rabbi also spoke out against the Western Wall women in the past Only one: to interfere with the prayer of the women of the Western Wall, at the Western Wall.
We welcome the High Court's decision and hope that the decision to prosecute Rabbi Eliyahu will deter other extremists from continuing to incite against the public and private individuals. "
"We work in religious communities and in the educational frameworks of religious Zionism in order to promote a tolerant discourse in the religious community towards LGBT people and welcome the raising of awareness for a courageous, meaningful and life-saving discourse among rabbis and public servants," said the Shabbat Association for Tolerance in the Religious Public.
Bat Kol, Women for Religious Women, stated: "At this time, when all the people of Israel were sentenced to a significant mental account before God sentenced us both personally and nationally. We welcome the High Court's decision to condemn all and sundry phobia among "A person who holds a public office paid for by the tax money of all of us, including members of the proud community. We will be happy to meet with Rabbi Eliyahu and explain to him how sad, sadness there is in his words towards the proud community. We wish him a happy new year, tolerance, marriage and true forgiveness."
"Black Day for the State of Israel"
On the other hand, the chairman of the National Union, MK Bezalel Smutrich, attacked the judges of the High Court: "In the amended world, President Hayut and the judges of the High Court have already been nominated dozens of times for disciplinary action for political distortion of Israeli law. "A rabbi, a wise student and a public leader are being prosecuted for their views."
He said, "They shut up and terrorize the rabbis, they shut up to the right, they shut up to anyone who threatens their hegemony. It will not be long before they shut up to elected officials who are not on the right political side. I send a message of encouragement to Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu "Courage, independence, truth and uprightness. They will not set the boundaries of the discourse of the rabbis of Israel. We will stand firm on the independence of rabbis to express their halakhic positions independently, freely and fearlessly."
Lehavah chairman Benzi Gupstein also spoke out against the Supreme Court justices: "A black day for the State of Israel. Once again, High Court judges stand by the reformists and try to shut up rabbis and prevent them from expressing Torah opinion.
These are the same High Court judges who disqualified me, and made statements that encourage the murder of Jews. But it will not help them - the Torah of Israel is eternal, was before, and will be long after the High Court.
And as we pray in the Day of Judgment, that we will soon be rewarded with the fact that "every conviction will be consumed like smoke."
The chairman of the Torah Judaism faction, MK Yitzhak Pindros, said: "The word of God is bold and genius and without fear. No transient human body, pretentious as it may be, will change the eternal Torah."