Meet the Rabbi Who Planned a Synagogue Trip to Arafat’s Grave

Meet the Jazz-Playing, Erotica-Writing Rabbi Who Planned a Synagogue Trip to Arafat’s Grave

A Conservative rabbi in Austin, Texas, has become the flashpoint of a controvery over a proposed congregational trip to Israel that would have included a visit to the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.

It all started when Rabbi Neil Blumofe, 45, sent out a tentative itinerary for a planned 15-day trip to Israel in 2017 for members of Congregation Agudas Achim. The trip is organized by Mejdi Tours, a company that uses both Israeli and Palestinian guides on their tours to create a “dual narrative approach.” Proposed in the draft: a 20-minute visit to the West Bank to see Arafat’s tomb.

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Published in: The Forward

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