Settler activist calls for assassination of Abbas

March 20, 2009

J Street applauds Safra Synagogue and Rabbi Elie Abadie’s renouncement of settler activist Nadia Matar’s call for the assassination of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, made at the synagogue on Wednesday night at an event sponsored by Americans For a Safe Israel.  Read Rabbi Abadie’s full statement below.

To Whom It May Concern,

Our Congregation shares in rejecting wholeheartedly the odious and repugnant remarks made at an Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI) event that took place at our Synagogue on Wednesday March 18, 2009. On a personal level, I am horrified at such hateful statements, and I have made this clear to the organization. We did not sponsor or support that event, and neither I nor any member of our congregational staff was present. While the use of the premises has always been available on a non-discriminatory basis, the nature of the remarks made disqualifies the AFSI from any further use of the space.

Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D.