CIC Press Release: CIC Condemns Discriminatory Letter From Group of Rabbis

For Immediate Release
December 10th, 2010

CIC Condemns Discriminatory Letter From Group of Rabbis

Toronto, ON – On December 10, in response to a public letter signed by a number of rabbis in Israel, which urged property owners not to rent or sell homes to non-Jews, the Canada-Israel Committee issued the following statement:

"The Canada-Israel Committee shares Prime Minister Netanyahu's outrage over this issue. This disturbing letter represents an extremely marginal position in Israeli society, as demonstrated by the thousands of Israeli protestors who have taken to the streets this week to condemn it. It is also important to note that many learned rabbis in Israel, as well as leading institutions such as the Attorney General’s office and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, have publicly opposed the letter.

"As the only liberal democracy in the region, Israelis remain proud of their commitment to the full protection of minority rights and equality under the law. And that's why this letter has been so widely denounced, and will do nothing to change Israel's liberal, pluralistic character."

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