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A Statement By The Council Of Torah Sages Of
Agudath Israel Of America

In the aftermath of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, a great deal of confusion has been generated about Orthodox Jews and their beliefs. We feel it our duty to set forth certain basic points to dispel the confusion:

The assassination was an act of murder, a grievous sin that calls for unequivocal condemnation.

For the Sake of Truth: The Orthodox Jewish Position on the Assassination of Prime Minister Rabin. The enormity of the sin is compounded by the assassinís shocking claim that his act was based on Halacha (Jewish law). We declare, categorically, that this claim is erroneous - indeed, a total distortion of fundamental Jewish values.

Physical violence is abhorrent to Torah-observant Jews, and is an entirely inappropriate means of religious or political expression.

The assassination should remind all Jews - no matter what their views on the Middle East peace process or any of the other policies of the current Israeli government - that inflammatory rhetoric and hateful invective often toxify the atmosphere.

We are dismayed that this crime is being used in certain circles to generate a false impression of Orthodox Jews, thereby creating a climate of antipathy and even outright hostility toward Orthodoxy. Stereotyping and casting aspersions on an entire community for the conduct of a misguided individual or individuals is deplorable and inexcusable.

Now, as always, the Jewish people desperately need to turn their collective heart toward Avinu Shebashamayim, the One Above.

"G-d shall give strength to His nation, G-d shall bless His nation with peace."

Last Revision: December 27, 1995