ADL: Remarks by Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Distort Judaism and Deepen Divisions Within the Jewish People

Jerusalem, November 19, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned remarks made by Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. In an interview with Israel Hayom, Rabbi Amar called the LGBT community a "cult of abomination" and also called members of the Reform movement "evil," referring to the activity of the Reform movement as "incitement."

"The remarks made by Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Amar about the LGBT community and Reform Jews distort the core values of Judaism, a religion whose ‘ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace,’ which believes that every person was created in image of God," said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, and Carole Nuriel, Director of ADL’s Israel Office. "The position of Rabbi of Jerusalem carries with it the responsibility of representing the general public, including those who differ from his views.

"When the Chief Rabbi of the holiest city to Jews utters such remarks, it is both painful and distressing," Mr. Greenblatt and Ms. Nuriel added. "It stigmatizes and excludes the LGBT community and deepens divisions among millions of Jews around the world."

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