In this particular case, it took 50 of them… Fifty Israeli rabbis have signed an open letter warning Jews not to rent or sell property to non-Jews, saying those who do should be “ostracized.” 

“Anyone who sells (property to a non-Jew) must be cut off!!” ….. A second circumcision?

‘Dont rent to Non-Jews,’ Israeli rabbis warn
JERUSALEM — Fifty Israeli rabbis have signed an open letter warning Jews not to rent or sell property to non-Jews, saying those who do should be “ostracized,” a copy of the letter showed on Tuesday. 

“In answer to the many questions, we say that it is forbidden in the Torah to sell a house or a field in the land of Israel to a foreigner,” says the letter, referring to the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible.

The text, which was signed mostly by state-employed rabbis, warns “he who sells or rents them a flat in an area where Jews live causes great harm to his neighbors.”

“After someone sells or rents just one flat, the value of all the neighboring flats drops… He who sells or rents (to non-Jews) causes his neighbors a big loss and his sin is great,” the letter said, in what was largely understood to refer to Israel’s Arab minority.

“Anyone who sells (property to a non-Jew) must be cut off!!”

According to the Israeli news website Ynet, the letter was to be published in religious newspapers and distributed in synagogues across the country later this week.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel slammed the letter as “racist” and called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to condemn “the incitement expressed by the rabbis.”

“Rabbis who are civil servants have an obligation to the entire public, including Israel’s Arab citizens. It is unthinkable that they would use their public status to promote racism and incitement,” the group said in a statement.

The organization called on Netanyahu to take disciplinary action against state-employed rabbis who signed the document.

The letter appeared as tensions grow between religious Jewish and Arab-Israeli residents of the northern town of Safed, where local rabbi Shmuel Eliahu has called on Jews to avoid renting or selling property to Arabs.

There is a college in Safed that attracts Arab-Israeli students from the surrounding area, many of whom seek accommodation in the town while studying.

In October, a group of Jewish youths attacked several Arab-Israeli students at the college, shouting “death to Arabs” in an incident police had to break up.

Some 1.3 million Arab Israelis live in Israel, which represents about 20 percent of the population. They are made up of Palestinians who remained on their land after Israel’s establishment in 1948, and their descendants.


Keep in mind that it is the Israeli himself that is the foreigner…. a fact that is way too often overlooked.


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  3. Llyn said,

    December 7, 2010 at 19:13

    If Netanyahu refuses to put a stop to the ongoing hatred of these Israeli government funded “Rabbis” then every country that has a Jewish community should refuse to sell or rent houses, land or anything to a Jew.

  4. December 7, 2010 at 19:23

    This is a stunning statement in this article, and a statement that needs to be made over and over again, reiterated for the nearly impossible to reach.

    My exuberant kudos to the author of the article.

    Why is this statement so stunning?

    Because it exposes the failure of -what was once considered- infallible, the culture of Jewish scholarship.

    The Rabbinical failure is massive, but only an indicator of this much larger and much more tragic failure.

    The corruption of the culture of Jewish scholarship brings names -to mind- like Alan Dershowitz notable among an increasingly larger number of failed Jewish scholars.

    Neither the Rabbinical philosophy of old -nor the Jewish scholarship of the present are leading anyone into the future.

    The baton has been dropped.

    These historic edifices of liberalism and learning -are like collective paranoid schizophrenics –frantically now- defending a broken status quo.

    Morality is the only way to lead.

    The moral imperative of life is to live a life that detracts not at all from the lives available to those who will follow us into this world.

    Neither Rabbinical philosophy -nor any culture of Jewish scholarship are moral in this world -today-.

    They each have become radical fundamentalist -and- in their own way SUICIDAL.

    Life is good. Life -in fact- is a party. Don’t mess it up.

  5. December 7, 2010 at 22:08


  6. Paul said,

    December 8, 2010 at 04:16


  7. aferrismoon said,

    December 8, 2010 at 08:31

    Arabs are only good for helping put out forest fires after that they can go to hell, apparently

    So much secret info widdles out via WikiLeaks, yet this is no secret, but we won’t see it in the MSM as they would consider it antiseMitiSM.


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