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Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef

Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef on Sunday condemned the use of weapons of mass destruction in Syria. The statement, issued from Jerusalem, came in response to reports of another deadly chemical attack by regime forces on Syrian citizens in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma, killing some 150 civilians, mostly women and children.

“I have said in the past and I will say it again: What is happening in Syria is genocide of women and children in its cruelest form, using weapons of mass destruction,” said Rabbi Yosef.

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“We have a moral obligation not to keep quiet and to try and stop this massacre.

“As Jews who have experienced genocide, as Jews whose Torah is a light to the nations, it is our moral obligation to try and stop this murder,” the Chief Rabbi said.

“It is an obligation no less important than the moral obligation to destroy the nuclear reactor in Syria.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.