LGBT community shocked by Rabbi's remarks that homosexuals should be killed

Several members of the LGBT community have filed police complaints against the rabbi for incitement to murder, after he said in an interview that the Torah obligates killing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Rabbi Shlomo Amar Photo credit: Shmulik Sofer/Channel 2 News

Members of the LGBT community in Israel have filed numerous police complaints against Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar over remarks he made in a recent interview, in which he called LGBT people "a cult of abomination" and said the Torah obligates putting them to death.

Rabbi Amar told Yisrael Hayom that he refused to attend the funeral of 16-year-old Shira Banki, who was murdered by an ultra-Orthodox man during last year's Jerusalem pride parade. "They call it an orientation, but it's nonsense," he said. "A person can overcome his desires if he wants to."

Shirley Kleinman, a transgender LGBT activist, filmed herself filing the complaint and encouraged others to do the same. "An influential public figure, who gets his salary out of my pocket, has just called for the murder of my brothers and sisters," she wrote on her Facebook page.

"Exercise your right as a citizen and file a complaint, even if you're not part of the community," she added. "Let's make sure this man doesn't remain in a public position. This is not an anti-religious debate. I have nothing against religion. I only care about protecting my right and yours for life."

MK Michal Rozin said statements such as these "strengthen and inflame violent attacks against the LGBT community."

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