Chief Rabbi Amar has abruptly cancelled the international agunah conference with only five days notice and for no stated reason. Why did he do it? Haredi pressure:
The International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) announced that Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has cancelled Thursday the international conference on the subject of Agunot and mesuravot get (women who are denied divorce), which was due to take place in Jerusalem on November 7 and 8, 2006.
The ICJW said in a statement that the conference was convened by Israel’s Rabbinical High Court, of which Rabbi Amar is president, to discuss how halacha (Jewish law) deals with agunot, and the “various financial, religious and economic sanctions that can be imposed on recalcitrant husbands, including international cooperation between the various rabbinical courts around the world to enforce judgments against them.”
According to ICJW, Rabbi Amar has given no reason for canceling the event with just 5 days notice, “but we understand that his office has come under considerable pressure from the haredi leadership in Israel.
“Notwithstanding the fact that Chief Rabbis and leading Dayanim from South America, Australia, Europe, Canada and the US were planning to attend next week, together with their Israeli counterparts, representing a cross-section of the Orthodox world, Rav Amar has bowed to pressure from Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv,” the statement said.…
will suffer unnecessarily. Nothing new here. This is Orthodoxy at its
finest. Remember people, this could be your daughter – it could even be
you. And look who’s behind it all. Turd.