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  5/11/2014, Iyar 11, 5774

Hiddush Movement for Partial Transfer of David's Tomb


Chief Executive Officer Uri Regev of the Hiddush movement for Freedom of Religion for Israel said, Sunday, that, "giving the Room of the Last Supper to the Catholic Church is a forward-looking gesture towards the Christian community. It expresses a desirable, liberal, and tolerant outlook and the needed ability to move beyond past disputes and persecutions that the Jewish People experienced in specific Christian and Muslim communities throughout generations." Responding to reports that Israel is considering the transfer of the David's Tomb site to the church, the Reform rabbi said, "The Room of the Last Supper is located above the site where King David is claimed to have been buried, but the room itself bears no religious importance to the Jewish faith." He added "It is essential to ensure that there are separate entrances to the different chambers in order to avoid friction or hurt feelings between the sites' visitors."

Responding to reports of opposition to the transfer, attorney Regev emphasized that, "the hostile statements made by extreme religious voices are bigoted, hate-mongering and nonsensical." He concluded, in a statement, "We should expect that the Vatican will similarly make gracious gestures towards the Jewish community, such as returning the Jewish cultural and religious treasures looted from Jewish communities throughout history that are now stored in the Vatican."