Israeli rabbi Ovadia Yosef dies

Ovadia Yosef died on Monday at the age of 93.

Israeli rabbi Ovadia Yosef dies

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Ovadia Yosef, an Iraqi-born sage who turned an Israeli underclass of Sephardic Jews of Middle Eastern heritage into a powerful political force, died on Monday at the age of 93, a hospital spokesman said.

Dubbed Israel's Ayatollah by critics who condemned many of his pronouncements as racist - he likened Palestinians to snakes and said God put gentiles on earth only to serve Jews - Yosef was revered by many traditional Sephardic Jews as their supreme religious leader.

In the 1980s, Yosef founded the Shas Torah Guardians Party, once a kingmaker in Israeli politics. Prayer vigils had been held across Israel for the past month as the rabbi's health deteriorated.

Last Mod: 07 Ekim 2013, 13:49
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