An Israeli rabbi has called on Jews to condemn China for its human rights abuses against Chinese citizens.
Rabbi David Druckman, chief rabbi of the city of Kiryat Motzkin, near Haifa, made the call protesting the alleged holding of thousands of political prisoners without trial, beating people who protest being thrown out of their homes and employing slave labor – in a recently released video, Arutz-7 reported.
Druckman was most critical of the Chinese government’s persecution of the Falun Gong sect, a Buddhist sect outlawed in China.
Rabbi Reuven Bulka, head of the Canadian branch of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China, has called on Israel to pressure the Chinese government to stop alleged organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners by quitting the Olympic Games.
“We as Jews must therefore stand at the front lines of this war, and employ every possible tactic in order that the world expunge atrocities such as this,” Druckman said on the video. “When there is evil in the world, every person with a human conscience, and every person with intelligence, must protest against it.”
Druckman called on Israelis to protest China’s human rights abuses by rallying against them when the Olympic torch passes through Israel later this month. China will be hosting the 2008 summer Olympics.
In November, more than 220 Israelis, including academics, eight Knesset members and more than 40 rabbis, signed a petition calling for an end to the Chinese atrocities, the Arutz-7 report said.