Saturday, March 27, 2004

Last week, the Week's End supplement of Ha'Aretz contained a one-page open letter, which on the same day was also published in the Forward and in the New York Jewish Week. In the letter, Rabbis for Human Rights turn to Prime Minister Sharon to express support for rabbi Arik Ascherman and two codefendants who face trial in Jerusalem for their attempts to prevent the demolition of two Palestinian homes. The homes did not house terrorists or their families, but " were demolished because of a violation of zoning regulations in the context where it is almost impossible for Palestinian families in those parts of the West Bank under Israeli civilian control or in Jerusalem to legally obtain building permits." As I see the name of the Dutch rabbi Awraham Soetendorp on the long list of American, Australian and European rabbis associated with RHR, I almost certainly know that this organization is kosher enough for my standards, and after shabbat I will have my name added to the list of signatories, even though obviously I am not a rabbi.

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