Thursday, June 04, 2009

St. Paul Rabbi Pulls No Punches

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic is asking political and religious leaders in that state to repudiate a St. Paul rabbi. CAIR says the statement made by Rabbi Manis Friedman is a call to kill Arab men, women and children and to destroy their religious sites. In an article in the latest issue of ‘Moment Magazine,’ headlined ‘How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?’ Friedman of the Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in St. Paul, wrote in part:"I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries, don’t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle)…with their holy sites destroyed, they will stop believing that God is on their side." The magazine published a statement stating Friedman's views were his own and ‘do not represent the official policy of any Jewish movement or organization.