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Urge Your Rabbi to Take this Issue to the Congregation

Ask your Rabbi to talk about rising intolerance in Israel and threats to Israeli democracy and free speech: 

This week there were death threats against Hagit Ofran, an official with Israel's Peace Now movement in Jerusalem.  Terrorists sprayed graffiti on her Jerusalem home, writing:  "Hagit Ofran, Rabin awaits you" and "Hagit Ofran, z'l".  Ofran is an Israeli patriot who comes from a religious Zionist family of Jewish scholars.  She is deeply steeped in Jewish ethical teachings. The threats against her came the day after a bomb threat called into Peace Now's Jerusalem office.  

Such attacks didn't come out of nowhere.  Recent months have seen repeated attacks by Jewish terrorists against peace activists, Palestinians and the IDF and police.  Last month, inside Israel, Jewish terrorists burned a mosque and desecrated a Muslim and a Christian cemetery.  

This is not about right or left.  It is about right or wrong.  This is about Jew against Jew, with one side participating in the normal give and take of a democratic process, and the other using violence and threats to try to suppress and intimidate those with whom they disagree.  

This week is the 16th anniversary of the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at the hands of a Jewish terrorist.  At the time of that horrific tragedy, all of us who love and support Israel believed that it could never happen again. 

Now, 16 years later, I urge you to focus the attention of our congregation on the horrifying escalation of attacks in Israel against free speech and democracy, creating an environment very similar to the one that lead to Rabin's murder.

American Jews who care about Israel can't bury their heads in the sand and just hope that nothing bad will happen.  We must take note and be moved to act now, out of love and concern, before Jewish terrorists escalate their attacks further and once again we see Jews killing Jews in the name of a twisted idea of Judaism.