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'Rabbis against Obama’ to Protest in Florida

A group of GOP and Democratic rabbis plan to protest at the Israeli Consulate in Miami days before the second Romney-Obama debate Thursday.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 10/15/2012, 2:56 PM

US President Obama and PA President Abbas
US President Obama and PA President Abbas
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A group of GOP and Democratic rabbis plan to protest at the Israeli Consulate in Miami days before the second Romney-Obama debate on Thursday.

"This will be clearest demonstration yet by rabbis to voice objection of the Obama Administration's policies towards America's most strategic ally in the region," said Rabbi Sam Intrator.

The new initiative counters the so-called “600 rabbis” for Obama, with most of the leaders not having rabbinic ordination according to Jewish law.

"The discussion toward peace needs to be broadened to include recognition of Israel as a Jewish state by the Palestinian Authority,” Rabbi Intrator said.

“Instead, the Obama Administration's sole focus has been on Israeli housing and building instead of comprehensively addressing all the obstacles to real peace,” he added. “The Obama Administration has unfairly engaged in one sided public floggings of Israel without issuing consistent major condemnation of the PA for forming a coalition government with Hamas, a world- recognized terrorist entity that seeks the violent destruction of Israel.”

The demonstration has been scheduled for 11 a.m. in front of the Israeli Consulate and will include a brief press conference during which rabbis will express their disapproval of Obama's Middle East policies.

The protest is sponsored by the Real Peace Middle East (RPME) organization, which said it will be the first of many similar protests by rabbis leading up to the final debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Rabbi Intrator plans to speak to students at Lynn University Thursday afternoon where he will show Lynn students from around the world, including from South American and Muslim countries, a trilogy of mini webisodes RPME produced to satirize U.S. policies and attitudes toward Israel that he said have hampered, instead of helped to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Below is one of YouTube "webisodes" produced by RPME, describing the results of a "recipe for peace."