OU Condemns Hate Speech

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Kudos to the Orthodox Union for swiftly condemning Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe’s public remarks that Israeli leaders Ehud Omert, Tzipi Livni, Haim Ramon, and Ehud Olmert should “hang from the gallows” for negotiating with the Palestinians.

From the OU statement:

“We unequivocally condemn Rabbi Wolpe’s statements. They are beyond the pale of legitimate democratic protest and have no basis in Jewish law or hashkafa (philosophy).

While we – and many other supporters of the State of Israel — often find ourselves in disagreement with the Government of Israel on certain policy matters, it is unconscionable to cross the line into hate, violence and threats. Debate and dissent must be conducted civilly and respectfully in accordance with our Torah, whose “ways are the ways of pleasantness, and all of whose pathways are of peace.”

Posted on January 4, 2008

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