Updated: Dec 26, 2022
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 11:10 As part of Honenu’s crowdfunding campaign, dozens of leading rabbis from the national-religious sector have signed a letter of support for the organization to ensure that it will be able to continue to provide legal counsel to all in need. The rabbis also level criticism at the Israeli judicial system: “Unfortunately, the judicial system in the State of Israel, at all levels, is at times deficient, having a distorted viewpoint and a lack of discernment between friend and foe, which necessitates providing legal counsel to suspects and defendants on one hand, and on the other, to victims of terror and their families who are interested in verifying that the antisemitic rioters who injured them are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
In their letter, the rabbi described the importance of the aid which Honenu provides to those in need of their services: “For twenty years, Honenu has provided assistance to thousands from all sectors of Israel in need of legal aid in situations of a nationalistic-public nature. It seems that there is almost nobody in the nationalistic community who, over the years, has not needed assistance from Honenu for either themselves or a member of their family.”
The list of senior rabbis among the signatories includes Rabbi Chaim Drukman, the head of the Ohr Etzion institutions and the Center for Bnei Akiva Yeshivot; Rabbi Dov Lior, the former Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hevron; Rabbi Tzvi Tau, President of Yeshivat Har HaMor, Rabbi Ya’akov Ariel, the former Chief Rabbi of Ramat Gan; Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Tzfat; and dozens more.
The rabbis emphasized the importance of supporting Honenu: “Honenu’s work entails a great many expenses which are all funded by the public. Unfortunately, we became aware that the scope of and the need for Honenu has only increased recently. There is a genuine need for the public to act to ensure that Honenu can continue to give the best response to all of us, as they have over the years. We call on everyone to generously donate to the important undertaking,” concluded the rabbis.
Honenu is marking twenty years of providing legal counsel and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to ensure the organization’s continued operation. This past year, the number of requests for assistance from Honenu has risen sharply due to detentions relating to the Ahuvia Sandak, z”l, case and relating to the Arab riots in mixed cities and in the Yehuda and Shomron regions. Honenu requests the help of the public in order to continue providing legal counsel to everyone in need, civilians, soldiers and victims of terror.
Additional signatories to the letter: Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Rabbi Elhana Ben-Nun, Rabbi Gideon Perl, Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira, Rabbi Yigal Kaminsky, Rabbi Binyamin Kalmenson, Rabbi Michael Hershkowitz, Rabbi Shmuel David, Rabbi Yehoshua Mordechai Shmidt, Rabbi David Dudkevitz, Rabbi Nachum Rechel, Rabbi Yoel Katan, Rabbi Gideon Binyamin, Rabbi David Fendel, Rabbi Simcha Shtatner, Rabbi Reuven Fierman, Rabbi Yair Frank, Rabbi Ohad Krakover, Rabbi Avraham Nachshon, Rabbi Yaniv Hania, Rabbi Matanya Yadid, Rabbi Hillel Ben Shlomo, Rabbi Netanel Yosifon, Rabbi Yosef Elitzur.