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Internet Threat To Israel, Say Rabbis


Saturday 8 January 2000

Internet threat to Israel, say rabbis
By Alan Philps in Jerusalem

ISRAEL'S leading orthodox rabbis have issued a ruling banning the 
internet from Jewish homes, arguing that it is "1,000 times more 
dangerous than television" and threatens the survival of the country.

The ruling, issued by the Council of Torah Sages, is an attempt by 
the rabbis to halt the inŞltration of "sin and abomination" from the 
internet into the homes of the ultra-orthodox, whose children have 
hitherto been shielded from the temptations of the modern world.

The rabbis recalled that they had banned television 30 years ago, and 
said that the dangers from the internet were even greater. They said 
it "puts the future
generations of Israel in grave danger in a way that no other threat 
has since Israel became a nation".


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