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May the Palestinians perish, says leading rabbi
Jason Koutsoukis HERALD CORRESPONDENT
August 31, 2010
JERUSALEM: The spiritual leader of Israel's powerful ultra-Orthodox political movement Shas has declared the Palestinians ''evil people who should perish from this earth''.
The inflammatory comments by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, whose Shas party is a member of Israel's ruling coalition, outraged Palestinian leaders but attracted only a mild rebuke from the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
During his Sabbath sermon last week, the 89-year-old rabbi, a former chief rabbi of Israel who is known for his rabble-rousing speeches, described the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Palestinian people as ''our enemies and haters''.
''All these evil people should perish from this earth … God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians, evil-doers and Israel-haters,'' Rabbi Yosef said.
With direct peace negotiations between Mr Netanyahu and Mr Abbas due to restart this week after a 20-month hiatus, there were fears Rabbi Yosef's comments could derail the talks.
The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said the rabbi's comments were paramount to incitement to genocide. ''[Rabbi Yosef] is literally calling for a genocide against Palestinians'' and ''for the assassination of President Abbas''.
Mr Erekat called on the Israeli government to denounce the remarks and to take action against racist remarks by other elected officials.
Rabbi Yosef's comments attracted a reprimand from the US.
''We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,'' said a State Department spokesman, Philip Crowley. ''These remarks are not only deeply offensive, but incitement such as this hurts the cause of peace.''
The US President, Barack Obama, will host a White House dinner on Wednesday night with Mr Netanyahu, Mr Abbas, the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, and King Abdullah of Jordan.
Mr Netanyahu refused to condemn the rabbi's comments, instead saying that they did not reflect his own views or those of the government of Israel.
''Israel plans to take part in peace negotiations out of a desire to advance towards a peace agreement with the Palestinians that will end the conflict and ensure peace, security and good neighbourly relations,'' Mr Netanyahu said.
Mr Abbas put further pressure on Israel to extend a freeze on Jewish settlement construction on land designated to become part of a future Palestinian state. With the 10-month settlement freeze set to expire on September 26, Mr Abbas said Israel would be held accountable for the failure of the talks if the ''settlement construction should continue''. ''The negotiations need to bring about serious action that will be able to bring liberation from the occupation and independence,'' he said.
The leaders of various settler communities are already planning a massive expansion in settlement construction to begin after the expiration of the freeze. More than 50 Israeli actors and playwrights have signed a letter to six Israeli theatres protesting over their plans to stage productions in a new performing arts centre in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. They asked theatre managers to limit their activity to Israeli territory within the 1967 borders. The letter has led to threats by members of the Israeli parliament of economic consequences for any theatres, which are partly state-financed, if they refuse to perform in Ariel.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald