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Sjefrabbinatet i Israel bryter all kontakt med Vatikanet pga gjeninnsettelsen av biskop Williamson som er en ren og skjær Holocaust-benekter. Pave Benedikt 16. skal etter planen besøke Israel i mai, men det kan spøke for hele besøket.

Williamson uttrykker seg liksom David Irving. Han tror ikke på gasskamre og mener ca. 300.000 jøder mistet livet under annen verdenskrig. Reaksjonene har vært sterke og mange.

The chief rabbinate announced it was severing ties indefinitely, sending a letter to the Holy See expressing «sorrow and pain» at the decision.

The letter from the chief rabbinate said: «It will be very difficult for the chief rabbinate of Israel to continue its dialogue with the Vatican as before,» unless Bishop Williamson recanted his «deplorable statements.»

Underlining its anger, the Jewish body also cancelled a meeting with the Vatican scheduled for March.

Pave Benedikt 16. viste for første gang tegn på at han forsto reaksjonene da han snakket om Holocaust som en advarsel til menneskene, foran tusener av pilgrimer.

Men for jødiske og andre kritiske røster er det fåfengt så lenge Williamson er gjeninnsatt.

His rehabilitation by the Pope just a few days later was denounced as highly offensive by the American Jewish Committee, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Israel’s quasi-governmental Jewish Agency.

Concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel, 80, a past winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said the Pope had lent credence to «the most vulgar aspect of anti-Semitism» by rehabilitating a Holocaust-denying bishop.

«The result of this move is very simple: to give credence to a man who is a Holocaust denier, which means that the sensitivity to us as Jews is not what it should be,» he said.

Progressive Catholics also condemned the rehabilitation of the British bishop, with the French essayist Matthieu Grimpret writing in the Catholic newspaper La Croix that he was «ashamed to be Catholic».

Israeli chief rabbinate cuts ties with Vatican over Holocaust row