PRESS RELEASEThis Friday, August 7, at 10 am, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land filed a complaint against the Israeli Rabbi Bentzi Gopstein and the Lehava movement, following remarks the rabbi made about supporting and encouraging the burning of churches in Israel.

A few days ago, Rabbi Gopstein, leader of an anti-Jewish assimilation extremist movement, Lehava, made the remarks at a panel discussion for Jewish yeshiva students where he did not hesitate to assert that Jewish law advocated destroying the land of idolatry Israel, and therefore churches and mosques could be burned.

These remarks, which came after a troublesome act of vandalism against the Holy Place of Tabgha in Israel, are unacceptable to the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land. They incite hatred and pose a real threat to the Christian religious buildings in the country.

The Catholic community in the Holy Land is fearful and feels in danger. A complaint was therefore filed Friday morning with the Israeli police.

The AOCHL calls on the Israeli authorities to ensure real protection for Christian citizens of this country and their places of worship.