Religious Affairs Minister: Reform movement a disaster for Judaism; ADL condemns

June 19, 2015 01:14

In the latest row reflecting the Jewish inter-denominational divide, the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday condemned an Israeli government minister and a parliamentarian - both of whom are ultra-Orthodox - for making derogatory remarks about Reform Jews.

Earlier on Thursday, the Reform Movement urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly repudiate comments attributed to Religious Affairs Minister David Azoulay of the ultra-Orthodox Sephardic Shas movement.During a discussion about the Women of the Wall controversy, Azoulay was quoted by the daily Israel Hayom as saying that Reform Judaism “is a disaster for the Jewish people.”

The Reform Movement responded by accusing Azoulay of “causing harm to millions of Jews in Israel and in the Diaspora.”

“A similar statement about any other group from among the Jewish people would not be accepted with such aplomb,” the Reform movement said.

The story was initially reported by Israel Radio.

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