The American Board of Rabbis Condemns France for Harboring Master Terrorist Yasser Arafat and Asks for an International Boycott

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Following France's acceptance of Master Terrorist Yasser Arafat, the American Board of Rabbis voted unanimously to ask the Jewish people for a world-wide ban of everything and anything French!

Following the welcome and acceptance by the country of France of Master Terrorist Yasser Arafat, the American Board of Rabbis (ABR) voted unanimously to ask the Jewish people for a world-wide ban of everything and anything French – products, services, and even the French language! The ABR is a New York-based Rabbinic association promoting Jewish unity through the advocacy of religious and human rights for the Jewish people worldwide. According to Board President, Rabbi Mordechai Yitzchok Friedman, “France’s harboring of Arafat, a known and internationally recognized terrorist, who is responsible for murder of thousands of infants, children, women, and men, is consistent with their tradition of anti-Semitism and anti-American activities.”

Beginning in 1940, France cooperated with the Nazis by promulgating and enforcing anti-Jewish legislation and by assisting in the deportation of Jews to extermination camps. The French Vichy government enacted the Statut des Juifs (Jewish Law), which defined Jews by race and restricted their rights. Vichy authorities also actively collaborated by establishing internment camps in southern France, arresting both foreign Jews and French Jews, and directly aiding in their deportation to extermination camps in occupied Poland. Such collaboration was a crucial element of the "Final Solution."

Following a recent U.N. Security Council vote to step up its campaign against terror, which resolves to "condemns in the strongest terms all acts of terrorism irrespective of their motivation, whenever and by whomsoever committed, as one of the most serious threats to peace and security," United States President George W. Bush signed the Global Anti-Semitism Bill, requiring the US Department of State to monitor global anti-Semitism and annually rate countries on their treatment of Jews. France’s harboring of a known terrorist, such as Arafat, is a direct violation of both articles of legislation.

Rabbi Friedman, along with ABR members who are children of Holocaust survivors, experienced a dark period when the Nazis occupied Germany and many Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps to die. “Since the Holocaust, Jews have not been murdered as these terrorist Palestinian factions under Arafat’s control are doing now. We must not tolerate this double-standard where the proposed genocide of the Jewish people is applauded daily by Arafat and his followers.”

The Holocaust began in 1941, during a Berlin meeting between the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini and the Nazi Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler. Hitler promised the Arab leader that after securing a dominant military position in Europe, he would send the Nazi war machine into the Arab world under the guise of liberating the Arabs from British occupation. About two months later, the infamous Wansee Conference took place in which the Nazis produced their plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

While captured Nazi leaders were tried at Nuremberg, al-Husseini escaped and became the major force to bring Hitler's program of genocide to the Arab world. Returning to the Middle-East, the mufti ordered death to any Arab who opposed him, as served to groom his nephew Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Husseini to instigate violence against the Jews and spread Nazi hatred throughout the Arab world. Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Husseini later changed his name to Yasser Arafat.         

Rabbi Friedman concludes, “As it states in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 12, Verse 3, ‘G-d will curse those who curse the Jewish People,’ and so shall the people and country of France be cursed.”

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The American Board Of Rabbis is an Orthodox Rabbinical organization dedicated to the disemination of Authentic Judaism and presents it without shame or compromise. Sometimes controversial, the American Board Of Rabbis takes on issues on behalf of Jews, Judaism & Israel that no other rabbinical organization in America has the zealous fortitude to tackle!

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