Following Phil's report on Nadia Matar's call to assassinate Mahmoud Abbas at Safra Synagogue in Manhattan, J Street has taken up the issue. Today they are reporting on their blog that Rabbi Elie Abadie of Safra Synagogue has renounced Matar’s call and Americans For a Safe Israel, the organization that sponsored the event. Here is Rabbi Abadie’s statement on the event:
To Whom It May Concern,
Our Congregation shares in rejecting wholeheartedly the odious and repugnant remarks made at an Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI) event that took place at our Synagogue on Wednesday March 18, 2009. On a personal level, I am horrified at such hateful statements, and I have made this clear to the organization. We did not sponsor or support that event, and neither I nor any member of our congregational staff was present. While the use of the premises has always been available on a non-discriminatory basis, the nature of the remarks made disqualifies the AFSI from any further use of the space.
Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D.