Amnesty condemns calls not to rent, sell homes to gentiles

December 7, 2010 22:22

Amnesty International (AI) condemned on Tuesday a petition backed by 50 municipal rabbis that states Jews should not rent homes in Israel to gentiles, according to AI's website.

“This ruling issued by religious leaders employed by the state of Israel, whose salaries are paid by public funds, clearly targets the Palestinian citizens who make up 20 per cent of Israel’s population, and highlights the continuing discrimination they face in housing and other areas,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa. The ruling was not endorsed by the government, but the rabbis issuing it include the prominent Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Safed, and other rabbis, all of whom are essentially government employees, stated AI.

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