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Israeli extremist leader tells students “Churches should be burned”

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Jerusalem: Benzi Gopstein, the leader of extremist anti-assimilation group Lehava, said in a meeting with rabbinical students that Christian houses of worship should be destroyed.

church-burning-2014“Churches should be burned”, Gopstein said on Wednesday before an audience of hundreds at a Jewish religious school, according to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

Rabbi Moshe Klein, who attended the lecture, questioned Gopstein’s stance and argued that the current world requires a rejection of such an approach, while journalist Beny Ravinovich was also surprised with what Benzi Gopstein had to say.

After a tug of war, Gopstein said he was willing to do 50 years in prison for what he believed, and claimed not to be inciting violence, but simply explaining the thoughts that belonged to a Spanish Jew, Rabbi Rambam Maimonides.

The Lehava organisation subscribes to ideas that denounce assimilation between Jewish and non-Jewish people, and also condemn homosexuality.

For its part, the Israel Religious Action Centre (IRAC), the legal wing of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, expressed concern about Gopstein’s remarks, and the centre previously demanded that he be questioned by the authorities for his controversial views.

IRAC leader Rabbi Gilad Kariv said that if Gopstein was not promptly charged for his statements, Israeli society would be justified to say publicly that the legal system allows for incitement, racism and violence, according to Haaretz daily newspaper on Thursday.

(IANS)

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Goa Church to Launch Cancer Prevention, Support System

In 2019, former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar died after suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer. Former Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza had also died of cancer

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The influential Roman Catholic Church in Goa, will on June 30 launch a cancer support network which will focus on prevention and support mechanisms.

“‘CanSurvive’ has two dimensions that one can survive from getting cancer and also can survive after getting it. The campaign wishes to build a strong network with oncologists, surgeons, NGOs and civil society groups to provide information and support,” a statement issued by Caritas-Goa, a Catholic relief and development agency, said on Thursday.

The CanSurvive campaign, which will function under the aegis of Caritas-Goa, will be launched by Archbishop-Patriarch for the Goa and Daman region Filipe Neri Ferrao in the presence of Caritas-India Director Fr. Paul Moonjely at the St Joseph Vaz Spiritual Renewal Centre in Old Goa on June 30.

Cancer survivor (Representational image). Flickr

According to Caritas-Goa, about eight persons are detected with cancer every day in the coastal state and a lot of patients and their kin fall prey to misinformation about treatment options.

‘CanSurvive’ is aimed at intervening and suggesting appropriate options so that citizens do not fall prey to quacks,” the statement said, adding that the campaign would also create awareness about cancer, cancer prevention lifestyles and cancer management in schools and local communities, along with providing counselling, support, palliative care information and resource mobilisation for needy cancer patients.

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“A huge emphasis will be laid on sensitising people with special focus on children and youth on leading a healthy lifestyle,” the statement said.

In 2019, former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar died after suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer. Former Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza had also died of cancer. (IANS)