Members of the Reform Jewish movement filed a complaint with police Wednesday against a former chief rabbi who blamed the liberal Jewish movement for deaths of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust.
They accused Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu of defamation after he told an ultra-Orthodox radio station last week that the Holocaust was punishment for the Reform Movement's liberalization of Judaism. Israeli media reported his remarks on Wednesday.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that an official complaint was lodged and said police would look into it.
Asked by a radio interviewer what was the sin of the 6 million Jews who were killed by the Nazis, Eliyahu quoted a biblical verse about divine punishment for altering a ritual and added, "Those people (victims) were not to blame, but the Reform movement began in Germany. Those tinkerers with the faith got their start in Germany."