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Raa Calls for Resignation of Two Cabinet Ministers

The Rabbinical Alliance of America demanded today the resignation of two Israeli Cabinet Ministers for “trying to stifle and subdue the outcry against the law of ‘Who Is a Jew?’ ” Rabbi Abraham Gross, RAA president, cited Dr. Yosef Burg, Minister of Interior, and Dr. Zerach Warhaftig, Minister for Religious Affairs, both representing the National Religious Party.

Rabbi Gross said that when Knesset members Rabbi Menachem Porush of Agudat Israel and Rabbi Kalman Kahana of Poalei Agudat Israel tried to have the chamber debate the “Who is a Jew?” law, “it was Minister Burg who defeated the motion.” Rabbi Gross also charged that “Minister Warhaftig has repeatedly forbidden the gathering of signatures for petitions concerning this issue at the Western Wall.” The RAA leader further claimed that Ministers Burg and Warhaftig have “strongly criticized those who protest the law of ‘Who Is a Jew?’ “