Tell Chabad to Condemn Settler Violence

On January 4th the national headquarters of Chabad Lubovitch issued a statement condemning the widely publicized attack by ultra-Orthodox Jews on an 8-year-old girl in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh last month.  That attack triggered outrage in Israel, among friends of Israel in the United States and beyond. Chabad’s statement said: “Violent behaviors of individuals or groups who abuse, intimidate and insult others are a flagrant offense to Torah and tzniut (modesty), in both letter and spirit, and deserve to be unequivocally condemned.”

Chabad is normally an inward-looking movement, and deserves credit for condemning this religiously-motivated violence in Israel.  However, Chabad’s condemnation is too narrow.  Consistent with its own religious values, Chabad also needs to speak out against extremist settlers’ violence.

Click here to tell Chabad that settler violence must be condemned, too!

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky

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Brooklyn, NY 11213