Israel’s Conservative Jewish movement rejects discrimination against non-Jews

The logo of the Conservative movement in Israel (Masorti). Credit: Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel. 

( The Conservative Jewish movement in Israel (known as Masorti in Hebrew) on Monday issued a statement rejecting all Jewish civil laws that discriminate against non-Jews.

The movement specifically rejected the extreme positions that a few far-right rabbis in Israel have been teaching that permit discrimination against and the killing of non-Jews. 

A responsum written by the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly was approved unanimously after 18 months of deliberation by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.

Rabbi Reuven Hammer, founder of the Conservative movement in Israel, who wrote the responsum, cited biblical texts and rabbinic literature that call for treating non-Jews with justice, and also overturn discriminatory laws against them.

“We must deal honestly with the sources, admit that different attitudes have existed over the course of the development of Judaism, and candidly criticize and reject certain parts of the tradition while embracing others as representing the Judaism we wish to promulgate and which we believe represents the true core of Jewish belief beginning with the Torah itself,” said Hammer, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Posted on May 3, 2016 .