Israel’s chief rabbi: Jews have a ‘moral obligation’ to help end the genocide in Syria

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By JNS.. Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef declared that Israel has a “moral obligation” to intervene in what he called a genocide being committed against the people of Syria by its president, Bashar Assad. Viral images of toddlers and young children receiving emergency medical aid, inhalers and oxygen treatments have raised an international outcry against the use of chemical weapons by Assad in his protracted war against insurgents, who currently control the city of Douma northeast of Damascus. [Photo top right: Chief Rabbi Itzhak Yosef | Credit: Wikimedia Commons].  As many as 150 people were killed in the latest chemical-weapons attack, with hundreds more injured. First responders have accused Assad of targeting the Douma hospital with a poisonous chlorine bomb, and said that whole families were found dead with dilated pupils and foam at their mouths.

“I have said in the past and I will say it again, what’s happening in Syria is genocide of women and children in its cruelest form, using weapons of mass destruction,” Yosef said in a statement. “We have a moral obligation not to keep quiet, and to try to stop this massacre.” Read the full story.



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