The Rabbinical Alliance of America, Igud Harabanim, in a ruling citing sections of the Talmud, ruled that the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel “contravenes Biblical scripture and undermines the very foundations that assure a just and moral society for all people.”
Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, on behalf of Presidium of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, wrote that the ruling was made at a Rabbinic Convocation on Friday, May 30, the first day of the Jewish month of Sivan.
At the meeting, the rabbis “discussed with alarm the rising tide of anti-Semitism world-wide and the anti-Jewish rhetoric that is associated with the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) against the people and the State of Israel,” he said.
On behalf of the 800 Orthodox rabbis and the congregations they lead, Rabbi Hecht said the “BDS movement contravenes Biblical scripture and undermines the very foundations that assure a just and moral society for all people.”
The rabbis found “the BDS movement to be guilty of gross misrepresentation and dishonesty while attempting to gather the sympathies and support of the misinformed.”
“The Rabbinical Alliance views this movement as being malevolent in calling Israel an apartheid state as it utilizes inflammatory language to delegitimize the basic human rights of the Jewish people for self-determination and to live amongst its neighbors in security and safety.”
He called on “members of the Jewish faith and all people of good will” to reject the BDS movement “as it’s goal is to harm the safety and security of the Jewish people in Israel as well as impact its hard working Jewish citizens and Arab residents from earning their livelihood and being able to export their products to other regions of the globe.”
SOURCE: Joshua Levitt