New York, (Jul, 2001) -
The recent calls for homicide and genocide towards the Palestinians
by Rabbis Lau and Yoseph are clearly products of minds driven over
the edge. Perhaps, it is best to file them under the category of
'The Bizarre' and leave it at that. Unfortunately, there are those
who, in our confusing times, may see their statements as somehow
Therefore, we wish to make clear, as obvious as it may seem, that
Judaism does not support Rabbi Yoseph's calls for genocide or Rabbi
Lau's notion of indiscriminately murdering those suspected of thinking
bad thoughts and all those around them.
The Torah seeks only peace with all men and especially our Islamic
In the case of the two Rabbis there is little doubt that the real
culprit is the vile philosophy of Zionism which has dragged all
too many into a state of war against others, particularly Palestinians.
We condemn this philosophy in no uncertain etrms and posit that
it is in utter conflict with Torah beliefs and practices.