News Brief 10/24/2013, Cheshvan 20, 5774
MK Stern Slammed for ‘Racist’ Rabbi Claim
Member of Knesset Elazar Stern (Hatnua) has been roundly criticized for condemning Rabbi Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hevron, in a speech to Knesset on Wednesday.
Stern accused Rabbi Dov Lior of racism, and declared, “He is not our rabbi.”
Stern claimed that in a Torah lecture given on Saturday night, Rabbi Dov Lior had stated that “Ethiopians are not Jewish,” and had told a man who expressed upset at his words, “Oy to you if your son marries an Ethiopian girl. She isn’t Jewish.”