woensdag 9 oktober 2013

De controversiële opperrabijn Ovadia Yosef

 
Ovadia Yosef heeft vele walgelijke uitspraken op zijn naam staan. Uitspraken als die over de Holocaust en rampen als Katrina vind je ook teug bij sommige extreme christenen, maar die hebben doorgaans niet zoveel volgelingen.
Wat je op internet (zowel Wikipedia als hieronder) aan verwerpelijke uitlatingen tegenkomt, dateert schijnbaar vanaf het jaar 1999. Was hij gewoon seniel geworden op zijn oude dag?
Het maakt het in elk geval moeilijk om erop te wijzen dat hij in het verleden ook een positieve rol heeft gespeeld, zoals bij de emancipatie van de Sefardische Joden in Israel, en een relatief tolerante omgang met een aantal religieuze voorschriften. Ook was hij niet tegen vredesonderhandelingen en (beperkte) concessies aan de Palestijnen, omdat het redden van (Joodse) levens volgens hem een hoger goed was dan het vasthouden aan de (her)kolonisatie van het Heilige Land. Onder zijn leiding nam Shas dan ook deel aan de regeringen van Rabin en Barak die met Arafat onderhandelden. Toch onthield Shas zich van stemming bij de Oslo-I akkoorden en stemde het tegen Oslo-II.
 
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5 of Ovadia Yosef's most controversial quotations
Late Sephardi spiritual leader made a range of inflammatory comments — involving snakes and sinners, gentiles and Blacks
 
October 9, 2013, 7:41 am
 
Shas founder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (center) flanked on the left by MK Eli Yishai and on the right by MKs Aryeh Deri and Ariel Atias, at the rabbi's house in Jerusalem, October 2012. (photo credit: Shas/Flash90)
Shas founder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (center) flanked on the left by MK Eli Yishai and on the right by MKs Aryeh Deri and Ariel Atias, at the rabbi's house in Jerusalem, October 2012. (photo credit: Shas/Flash90)
 
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who died Monday at 93, was a revered halachic scholar whose rulings found solutions for Jews caught in complex situations, brought countless Jews back to Torah observance, and unified the diverse Sephardi community.

But Yosef was also known for some highly problematic statements about Jews, Arabs, Americans, and others.

Here are just five of the many comments that provoked outrage.

1) The 'guilt' of Jewish victims of the Holocaust:

"The six million Holocaust victims were reincarnations of the souls of sinners, people who transgressed and did all sorts of things which should not be done. They had been reincarnated in order to atone."

— Weekly Saturday night sermon in August 2000

2) Hurricane Katrina as divine punishment for godlessness and American support for the disengagement from Gaza:

"There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, because there isn't enough Torah study… Black people reside there [New Orleans]. Blacks will study the Torah? [God said] let's bring a tsunami and drown them."

"Hundreds of thousands remained homeless. Tens of thousands have been killed. All of this because they have no God."

"Bush was behind Gush Katif [the Gaza settlement bloc]. He encouraged Sharon to expel Gush Katif… We had 15,000 people expelled here, and there 150,000. It was God's retribution… God does not short-change anyone."

– Weekly Saturday night sermon in July 2005

3) The purpose of Gentiles — to serve Jews:

"Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel."

"In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one's donkey would die, they'd lose their money.

"This is his servant… That's why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew."

"Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat… That is why gentiles were created."

– Weekly Saturday night sermon in October 2010

4) On making peace with Arabs:

"How can you make peace with a snake?"

"Those evildoers, the Arabs — it says in the Gemara [Talmud] that God is sorry he ever created those sons of Ishmael."

– Weekly Saturday night sermon in August 2000

5) On Muslims:

"They're stupid. Their religion is as ugly as they are."

– Weekly Saturday night sermon in December 2009. (Yosef was discussing the law that a Jewish woman may remarry her husband after they divorced only if she has not slept another man in the interim. However, said Yosef, in Muslim religious law, the condition for a woman to remarry her husband is that she marry another man first.)

 

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