A January 29 article published by Israel National News reported that Rabbi David Druckman, the Chief Rabbi of the northern city of Kiryat Motzkin, issued a recorded statement saying that the Jewish people "must take the lead in condemning China for its murder of prisoners of conscience in order to harvest their organs."
"'The atrocity is so great,' Rabbi Druckman says on a recently released video, 'that there are simply no words to express it. From a certain standpoint it is even worse than what the Nazis did... to cut organs from people under the cover of medical help for other people is simply astonishing and shocking from every human vantage point.'"
'It is especially incumbent upon us as Jews to lead the campaign that expresses total disgust at this phenomenon,' Rabbi Druckman says. 'Especially us, the Jewish Nation, that suffered the crimes of the Nazis, may their names be blotted out, and those of the Communists under Stalin - who can stand by and comprehend the world's silence at all this?'
The article reports that over 220 Israeli rabbis, academics and politicians signed a petition calling for an end to the atrocities taking place in China.
The article discusses the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brutal treatment of its thousands of political prisoners in China and focuses on the persecution of Falun Gong, including the CCP's crime of organ harvesting from living practitioners in order to obtain organs for sale for organ transplants.
Also mentioned is the Human Rights Torch Relay initiated by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG): "The CIPFG - Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China - has begun a campaign against holding the 2008 Olympics in China. 'It will be a stain on the history of the Olympic Games and a disgrace to mankind if these games and these crimes against humanity are held at the same time in China,' the organization states."
A considerable portion of Rabbi Druckman's speech is reprinted in the article:
"In the video-taped speech, Rabbi Druckman says that one of the seven Noachide commandments that the Jews are bidden to disseminate in the world is not to murder: 'We as Jews must therefore stand at the front lines of this war, and employ every possible tactic in order that the world expunge atrocities such as this.'
"'When there is evil in the world,' he continues, 'every person with a human conscience, and every person with intelligence, must protest against it...'
"'We have to get our outraged objections, as people and as Jews, out to the world in every way possible... In this age of media, there are many methods, such as the torch passing through the countries of the world and will soon get to our region as well, ending with a giant rally here in Israel [on Feb. 18 - ed.]. It is obvious that we all support this initiative and welcome it. We must also do whatever will result in a sharp condemnation of these animals that are doing these things in China. This will help raise the standard of the entire human race in the world, and the more the world improves and becomes more gentle, this will bring us closer to the Redemption and the arrival of the Just Redeemer.'
"'I believe that behind the description we carry of 'religious people' there is also real content - not just outer covering, but a genuine way of looking at the world... Certainly this is so in the Jewish faith, whose teachings about ethics and kindness have no rivals... Certainly one who sees himself as a religious person, not just in title but in essence, must join up with activities of this type.'"
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