Court demands answers on chief rabbi’s hate speech against LGBTQ, Reform Jews

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09/26/2023

The Supreme Court ordered the government on Tuesday to explain why it has not taken disciplinary action against Jerusalem Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar for comments he made against Reform Jews, the LGBTQ community, and the Women of the Wall movement. The court order came after the Reform Movement, Women of the Wall, and the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance filed a lawsuit concerning Amar’s comments. Earlier this year, Amar blamed a series of small earthquakes in Israel on the LGBTQ community. In 2016, Amar called gay men “a cult of abomination” and said that homosexuality is “a wild lust that needs to be overcome.”

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