American Jewish groups slam anti-African refugee decrees

By JTA
November 16, 2010 10:46

 
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JERUSALEM -- US Jewish groups on Monday condemned rulings by rabbis in Bnei Brak that ban residents from renting apartments to African refugees.

The Anti-Defamation League on Monday called the decrees issued last week in the largely haredi city "biased pronouncements." Six leading haredi rabbis in Bnei Brak issued a ruling that follows a similar call in July by rabbis in nearby Tel Aviv.

"The decision to rent an apartment to another human being shouldn’t be based on ethnic background," the statement issued from ADL's Israel office said. 

"We encourage the rabbis to follow the Jewish tradition of tolerance and empathy toward other human beings. We call on the religious, political and civic leadership in Israel to stand by the democratic values of acceptance and understanding and speak out against these biased pronouncements."

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