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Israeli Rabbi declares Tsunami was "punishment for pullout"

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  • Tarek Fatah
    Tuesday 01 February 2005 Rabbi: Tsunami punishment for pullout AlJazeera http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E18C3C0E-9162-4B72-AD09-D651A32E02ED. htm Last
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      Tuesday 01 February 2005

      Rabbi: Tsunami punishment for pullout
      AlJazeera
      http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E18C3C0E-9162-4B72-AD09-D651A32E02ED.
      htm

      Last month's Asian tsunami disaster was a form of divine retribution for the
      world's support of the planned pullout of settlers from the Gaza Strip, a
      former chief rabbi of Israel has said.

      "The all powerful one was angry with the nations that did not help Israel,
      which wanted an evacuation, a disengagement [from Gaza] ... and this
      provoked the earth to shake," Mordechai Eliahu said in a religious
      publication distributed on Monday in thousands of synagogues throughout
      Israel.

      The top-selling Yediot Ahronoth said the rabbi was guilty of "extreme
      stupidity" with his comments.

      Right-wing rabbis have been among the instigators of the opposition to the
      plan by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to pull troops and settlers out
      of the Gaza Strip by the end of the year.

      The number of people presumed dead in last month's tsunamis rose to more
      than 286,000 on Monday when Indonesian authorities announcing a further
      increase in the number of dead and missing.
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