ACRI: Rabbi of Tzfat should be dismissed, not promoted

May 21, 2013 19:10


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"The state cannot sit back while a senior employee in its service breaks the law, incites to racism, and undermines its fundamental values and basic laws," the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) said on Tuesday.

In a letter addressed to Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni, the ACRI requested the initiation of disciplinary proceedings against the Municipal Rabbi of Tzfat, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, because of repeated incitement to racism and behavior not befitting a public servant.

Lately Eliyahu has been mentioned as a candidate for Israel's Chief Sephardic Rabbi.

Responding to the suggestions, ACRI stated: "The urgency [of taking disciplinary action] is reinforced by the astonishing news that Rabbi Eliyhau is being considered as a candidate for the position of Chief Rabbi of Israel."

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