Hachrazah 5767 Cheshvon 9
Informal translation from Hebrew of the 9 Cheshvon, 5767 (31 October, 2006) statement:
Speaker of the Sanhedrin: Rabbi Prof. Hillel Weiss +972 (54) 534-3545
BS"D, 9th Cheshvan, 5767 October 31, 2006
Announcement concerning the "Gay Pride Parade" in Jerusalem
Unanimous decision, beginning today, as follows:
A. Petition to all Jews
B. Petition to the Government, Knesset, Police Force
- 1. The Sanhedrin is calling all synagogues to shut their doors on the Sabbath of the weekly reading Lech Lecha and pray outside the synagogue, on the streets. This is an indication of insult, warning, and begging to cancel the parade of abomination. There cannot be a continuation of regular daily activities when the Police Force, together with the backup of the Courts, are forcing on millions of Jews a parade of abomination in Jerusalem. It is against the religion of Judaism. It is a debasing act against the Jews (and all others) who believe in the holiness of the city and the commands of the Torah (Bible). One must pray on the holy streets of Jerusalem, Monday and Thursday till the decree is annulled.
- 2. The Sanhedrin, in its capacity of a legal council – the highest national council of the Jewish people – calls on the government of Israel and the Knesset to immediately legislate a law against holding this parade or announce the decision to cancel the parade.
- 3. We are calling on the Israeli Police Force not to provide a permit to this parade, to avoid violence. The manpower the police will invest to allow this parade, together with additional security, will paralyze their ability to thwart terrorist attacks. The need to create an investigation committee to investigate the mismanagement of this parade will pale in comparison to the [investigation of mismanagement of the] second Lebanon War.
- 4. If the announcement of the cancellation of this parade is forthcoming, there is need to gather at the Western Wall in a prayer of gratitude on its cancellation.