JERUSALEM (VINnews)— A member of the Israeli secular Hitorerut party in the Jerusalem municipality has lodged a formal complaint with Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon over the erecting of a tent to honor the visit of a New York Rabbi the leader of an Anti-zionist movement to Israel next Tuesday.
Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum is due to visit Israel for ten days, during which he will inaugurate a new Beis Medrash for the Chasidus in Yoel Street, Jerusalem. A special tent has been erected there, where the Rebbe will conduct his prayers and a tish for thousands of his Chasidim from Israel and abroad.
City Councillor Yovav Tzur said that during such a sensitive security period for Israel it would be wrong for the city to give such honor to a Rebbe who is known for his opposition to the state of Israel and the IDF.
The Rebbe is known as one of the leaders of the struggle against conscription of Yeshiva students and he also encourages institutions not to take any money from the state of Israel.
Tzur wrote in his letter that “besides the fact that the rebbe attacks the state of Israel and its institutions on a regular basis and encourages his Chasidim not to enlist in the IDF and to oppose enlistment in every possible way, the decision to close the road and erect a tent causes unnecessary harm to neighborhood residents.”
In an interview with Israeli site Bechadrei Chareidim, Tzur added that “the decision by Mayor Leon to allow the total blocking of a road proves once again that he is controlled by extremist forces at the expense of local residents. It is unthinkable that a road should be blocked for two weeks and it is my duty to deal with the needs of all local residents including those in Chareidi neighborhoods. Unfortunately the municipality prefers to treat these neighborhoods like its own back yard and this policy must change.”