B’nai B’rith International commends the more than 750 rabbis from around the world who signed a petition against a ruling by some municipal rabbis in Israel that opposes the leasing of property to non-Jews. Such discriminatory measures are unacceptable and do no justice to the diverse population and social landscape of the State of Israel.B’nai B’rith International deplores the ruling of 50 Israeli chief municipal rabbis forbidding the sale or rental of homes and land to non-Jews. As state employees and spiritual leaders, these rabbis should not endorse discrimination against non-Jews.
B’nai B’rith was gratified to see the unequivocal rejection of this effort by government leaders including President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin.
B’nai B’rith calls on all 50 signatories to the ruling to withdraw their support for the statement.