Based in new York, a Jewish human rights organization, whose main task – the struggle against manifestations of anti-Semitism, criticized the Sephardic chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef, likening blacks to monkeys.
«The statements made by chief Rabbi Yosef against people with different skin color are racist, and totally unacceptable,» — said in comments published by anti-defamation League.
The statement caused a scandal, was made during the ongoing religious authority lesson of theology and dedicated to the blessing of the trees in the beginning of the month of Nisan. However, the Rabbi changed the subject.
«Not every black man is bless, but only someone who was born to a white father and mother. What to do – they came out a monkey. As it happens,» said Yitzhak Yosef, son of the late spiritual leader of the SHAS party Ovadia Yosef.
Office of the chief Rabbi hastened to announce that his words – a quote from the Babylonian Talmud. However, Yitzhak Yosef made inappropriate statements before. For example, he said that secular women act like animals because immodest dress.